Crowns and Bridges
Repair extensively damaged teeth and even multiple tooth loss with the help of crowns and bridges.
For teeth that have suffered extensive damage, custom designed crowns may be the ideal restorative treatment to strengthen and improve the appearance of your smile. A dental crown is essentially a ‘cap’ that is placed and permanently bonded over your prepared natural tooth to provide a durable and aesthetically pleasing restoration that protects it from decay, further damage and strengthens its structural integrity.
The process for receiving a dental crown…
We will conduct a thorough assessment of your smile and may recommend a dental crown for a tooth that has:
- Been extensively damaged
- Has weakened structural integrity
- Has undergone root canal therapy
If this is the case the process for receiving your dental crown usually takes around 3 dental appointments. These appointments include:
- The initial assessment of the tooth, which involves taking x-rays to evaluate the structure underneath the gums and the recommendation for a dental crown. At this point we will discuss the associated costs and all other information so you can make an informed choice to proceed.
- This appointment will involve preparing the tooth to receive the dental crown, after which a mould of the tooth is taken to create an exact model of the tooth to be formed at the lab. At this point we will give you a temporary crown to use while your permanent crown is being made.
- Once created, we will take the temporary crown off the tooth and place it with the permanent crown.
Dental bridges allow us to solve your tooth loss…
In cases of singular or multiple tooth loss, custom designed bridges are generally created by fusing three or more dental crowns together to form the appliance, which can be used to literally ‘bridge the gap’ caused by tooth loss. These aesthetically pleasing porcelain restorations are secured to the teeth on either side of the site of tooth loss to restore the feel, form and function of your smile. Dental bridges provide the solution to help you chew food, maintain healthy gums and prevent the teeth from shifting.
Looking after your crowns and bridges
It is important to note that while crowns and bridges cannot themselves decay, the teeth they are protecting certainly can! This is why it is important to maintain good oral health by brushing and flossing teeth as you normally would, by taking good care of them your porcelain restorations should last up to 10-15 years. If your crown becomes displaced, cracks or comes loose, it is important to either take it out of the mouth or if it is still cemented to the tooth refrain from chewing on that side and call us to book an appointment.