Crowns & Bridges
A crown is typically used to fix teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay, or have very large fillings. In some circumstances, crowns can be used in cosmetic cases to improve the appearance of teeth.
If you have had root canal treatment you will likely need a crown to protect the tooth, allowing you to eat and bite down in comfort. Crowns can also be used to anchor a bridge or denture more firmly in place in the mouth.
Put simply, bridges are dental crowns that are attached together in order to replace missing teeth. Bridges can be placed onto teeth or onto implants, in order to replace missing teeth.
- Protects remaining tooth structure
- Completely natural-looking restoration
- Functions like a real tooth, so you can bite and chew as usual
When preparing a tooth for a crown and bridge it involves placing a tooth shaped cap over an existing tooth and the teeth need shaping to allow the crown to be placed. Once you have a crown or bridge fitted onto teeth, you will have to take extra care of your daily hygiene regime to ensure it stays plaque free and healthy. The bridge will need to match your existing teeth in colour and bite.
Why might a crown be suggested?
- be used to cover a severely damaged tooth either from tooth decay
- cover up a tooth that is discoloured
- cover up a tooth that is chipped or broken
- to hold a bridge in place
- You may have had a dental implant fitted which may require a crown
What to expect at your initial consultation?
At your one to one appointment, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the procedure and can ask us any questions.
Depending on the treatment, you may get to see a FREE simulation of your new smile before your procedure begins.
We try to make treatment as affordable as we can by providing monthly payment plans, including 0% finance.
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Your Crowns & Bridges Journey…
- Fill out the contact form to start your journey
- A member of our award winning team will be in touch, we will be able to discuss your issue, and how to move forward
- The tooth is carefully shaped to allow for the porcelain crown to fit the tooth
- A digital scan is taken and the crown or bridge is made in the dental lab to fit the tooth and precisely blend in with the bite and the neighbouring teeth
- The crown or bridge is then bonded onto the tooth
- Thanks to advances in digital technology that we use, we can design and fit porcelain crowns and bridges in a single visit in many cases. This means in a single visit and often within the hour!
A bridge is a great solution for patients who have several teeth missing, especially when there are plenty of surrounding healthy teeth. Bridges look natural and it will be difficult to notice the difference between them and your natural teeth. Best of all, once the bridge is in place, you can eat, drink and speak with confidence.
Most crowns can be fitted in one or two visits at The Dentist depending on the individual case. We are experts in same-day Cerec crowns and can often prepare, fabricate and fit a crown within the hour using our advanced digital dentistry technologies.
Preparing the teeth for crowns and bridges involves drilling and filing of your tooth, rebuilding it as needed. A digital scan impression of your tooth is then taken to be able to make a custom crown. To keep the remaining part of the tooth in good shape, your dentist may fit you with a temporary crown or bridger, if a second visit is needed,
The dentist will use a dental bonding material to your tooth when cementing your new crown or bridge in place.
There are a number of factors that will determine how long your crown will last. Proper dental hygiene practices are a must, but you should also avoid grinding your teeth or trying to bite very hard food. The type of material the crown or bridge is made of is also important and at The Dentist, we use the latest materials that have been formulated to last. On average, your crown or bridge will last for a minimum of seven to ten years. If you do maintain a good level of dental care, you can extend the life of your crown or bridge to fifteen years or more.
A tooth with a crown or bridge needs care in much the same way as you would your natural teeth. Keeping up with a good routine of brushing and flossing is something you should be doing anyway, but even more so around the area of your new crown or bridge . Be aware that the tooth under a crown or bridge can still be affected by decay if you’re not careful.
You should brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day and use floss daily. Mouthwash is also recommended to flush out any food particles that may become lodged between your teeth and the bridge. You should also visit your dentist for a good clean at least every six months.
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