Crown and Bridges

CROWN

A crown is a tooth-shaped ‘cap’ that’s placed over the entire visible portion of your tooth. A crown will look, feel and function just like any of your other teeth. The latest advances in ceramic now allow us to create crowns which are indistinguishable from your own natural teeth.

Why do I need a crown?
Sometimes crowns are needed because of aesthetic considerations but mainly it’s due to a lack of remaining tooth structure. Most commonly, a tooth that has a large filling or has sustained a fracture or root canal treated tooth will need a crown.

How are crowns made?
Generally, it takes two appointments to prepare and cement a crown. During the first visit, your dentist prepares the tooth to enable an impression to be taken and fits a temporary crown, custom-made by a specialised lab technician according to the dentist’s instructions. At your second visit, the temporary crown is removed and the new crown cemented into place.

What are crowns made of?
Crowns can be made from
1. Ceramic (Metal Free) (All Ceramic) – Lava, E-max or CAD CAM using Zirconia.
2. Metal,
3. Metal Ceramic.

BRIDGE

Dental bridges are false teeth that are used to replace missing teeth. Unlike traditional removable dentures, a dental bridge is permanent as it’s anchored to the teeth at one, or both, sides using metal bands held in place by resin or cement. They’re an alternative to dental implants for patients who don’t want to have surgery.

Why do I need a bridge?
Gaps in your teeth don’t just look unappealing, they can also cause a lot of damage to the surrounding teeth, putting more pressure on them and sometimes straining the jaw. A dental bridge is used to solve this problem, usually by fixing a false tooth in the gap and using the natural teeth to hold it in place.

How are bridges made?
Generally, it takes two appointments to prepare and fit a bridge. During the first appointment the adjacent teeth are prepared slightly to accommodate their bridge. An impression is taken of the area and the bridge is custom-made by a specialized lab technician according to the dentist’s instructions. In this first appointment we will also determine the right shade for your bridge and fit a temporary bridge until your new one is ready. At your second appointment, the temporary bridge is removed and the new one fitted. Your dentist will ensure the fit is comfortable and that you are happy with the appearance.