Tooth Crowns and Dental Bridges to Repair and Replace
Our primary concern is to help you keep your teeth for as long as possible, to maintain that sunny smile.
One way to support teeth is to attach a crown. Crowns can cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth left, or cover a dental implant. They can also be used to attach a bridge, if the natural tooth is too weak to support it. Sometimes a crown is recommended as a way to cover teeth that are discoloured or badly shaped.
Crowns can be made of various alloys, composites, ceramics, even gold.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking, as well as in smiling. Bridges can help by alleviating stress in your bite and maintaining the shape of your face by replacing missing teeth.
Sometimes called a ‘fixed partial denture’, a bridge made of artificial teeth is bonded to surrounding teeth. If the teeth supporting the bridge are unsound, an implant bridge can be used to attach artificial teeth directly to the jaw under the gum tissue. Implants are more expensive than traditional bridges.
The bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials so that it is indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
A dental crown procedure usually takes two dental visits, usually two weeks apart. Each visit will take around 50 to 90 minutes each.
A dental crown, when properly maintained, can last up to 15 years. However, if a dental crown is taken optimal care of, it can last 20 to 30 years.
A dental crown treatment involves 2 dental visits.
In the first appointment, the dentist will numb the tooth area, and then shape the tooth. Then they will either use a state of the art intra-oral scanner to create digital impressions or take physical impressions of your teeth and send them out to a lab. In the meantime, the dentist will probably install a temporary crown.
In the second appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary crown. They will reassure that the new crown fits and looks correct in your mouth. If the crown looks right, the dentist will use local anaesthetic to numb the tooth and cement the new crown in place.
A crown is used to cover and support a tooth with a large filling, or to cover a dental implant. In some cases, crowns are used to attach a bridge if the natural tooth is unable to support it. Crowns can be used for cosmetic purposes, and are an effective way of covering teeth that are discoloured, uneven, or badly shaped. They can be made of a variety of materials, including ceramics, gold, and composites.
Bridges are made of artificial teeth, which are bonded to the surrounding teeth. The bridge acts as a support and can be used to attach artificial teeth directly to the jaw. They are helpful in alleviating stress in the bite and can even maintain the shape of your face by replacing missing teeth. Bridges may be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
A dental crown may be a good option for individuals who have a tooth that is damaged, decayed, or weakened. Dental crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are misshapen, discoloured, or have large fillings. Additionally, dental crowns may be recommended for individuals who have undergone root canal therapy or who have a dental implant.
Your dentist can evaluate your oral health and recommend a dental crown if it is appropriate for your specific case. It’s important to note that dental crowns are not suitable for everyone, and your dentist may recommend alternative treatments based on your individual needs and preferences.
The benefits of a dental crown include protection, restoration of function, improved appearance, and durability. Risks may include sensitivity, discomfort, additional treatment, and cost. It’s important to discuss the potential risks and benefits with your dentist to determine if a dental crown is right for you.
Yes, in most cases, a crowned tooth can be used like a natural tooth for eating most foods. However, it’s important to keep in mind that a dental crown is not indestructible and can still become damaged if subjected to excessive force, such as chewing on hard objects like ice or using your teeth to open packages. Additionally, if the underlying tooth or gum tissue is still compromised, you may need to avoid certain types of foods that could cause further damage or discomfort. Your dentist can provide specific instructions on how to care for and use your crowned tooth to ensure its longevity and functionality.
If you would like more information about crowns or bridges, or to book an appointment, please contact us today.