Dental crowns are caps that are placed over teeth and kept in place with dental adhesive or cement to protect broken teeth. Dental bridge replaces a missing tooth by using its neighbouring teeth as supports. It is made of the same materials as crowns.
Dental crowns are caps that are placed over teeth and kept in place with dental adhesive or cement. They can be made of plastic, ceramic or metal alloys. Plastic and ceramic are more reminiscent of natural teeth. Metal alloys come in silver and gold. Dental crowns are made of inert materials that do not themselves deteriorate, however the tooth underneath is still subject to decay and gum disease.
First Appointment: Clinical examination and radiographs to assess the suitability of a crown for you. Our dentist will also be able to advise you on the material for your crown and address any of your concerns.
Second appointment: Your tooth (or teeth) will be prepared for crowning. This involves reducing the size of your tooth to make space for the crown. This is usually done under local anaesthesia. Next, a mould of the prepared tooth will be taken and sent to a laboratory to prepare your custom crown. A temporary crown will be fitted over the prepared tooth until your next appointment.
Third appointment: The temporary crown will be removed and the surface of the tooth cleaned. The custom crown will then be fixed onto the prepared tooth with dental adhesive or cement.
There are 3 main reasons:
1. To protect broken teeth
2. As the permanent solution to needing large fillings
3. To correct other dental problems as part of cosmetic dentistry
A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth by using its neighbouring teeth as supports. A bridge will span the area where teeth are missing. They are attached to the natural teeth or implants that surround this space. It is made of the same materials as crowns.
The process is similar to that of crowns, but the cap used over the prepared teeth includes a tooth in-between. A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth by using its neighbouring teeth as supports.
Dental bridges can be used to replace a small number of teeth, however the viability of this option depends on the health of the neighbouring teeth, supporting gums and bone. Our dentist will provide a full assessment of these factors at your first consultation.