Our Dental Crown Services
Dental Crowns & Bridges
Crowns and bridges are a permanent solution to missing or damaged teeth. These restorative procedures involve the use of prosthetic devices. We use a crown when the structure of your tooth is fractured or damaged and a bridge when you have one or more teeth missing.
What are Dental Crowns?
A crown is an artificial tooth that can be made from various materials. It’s often made from porcelain or ceramic so it will match the color and texture of your teeth. It can also be made of gold alloys if it’s used to replace a back tooth as this gives it more strength. A metal crown may have porcelain bonded to its exterior which makes it more natural-looking and gives strength.
You may need a crown when:
- You damage or fracture a tooth
- Your tooth is worn down or broken
- Your tooth is weak because it consists mainly of filling
- Your tooth is misshapen or discolored
- A dental bridge needs an anchor
- You’ve had root canal therapy
To find out if you’re a suitable candidate for a crown, we will need to assess you. Once you explain to us the result you hope to achieve, we will be able to tell you exactly what is, and what is not, possible in your situation.
How Does the Dental Crown Procedure Work?
We’ll take x-rays to check the surrounding bone and roots of the tooth to assess the situation. Before fitting a crown, we will file down your tooth to make room for it. If you have a large area of tooth missing, we may have to build it up with filling material to support the crown.
We’ll take an impression of your tooth to be used as a mold for the crown and send it to the dental lab. We fit a temporary crown to protect your teeth while you’re waiting for your permanent crown.
When your permanent crown is ready, you will come in so we can fit it. We will check the color and fit of the crown before using a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and cement the new crown in position. It fits like a cap over your newly shaped tooth.
What are Dental Bridges?
A bridge consists of a false tooth or false teeth attached between two crowns. Bridges are usually made of porcelain fused to metal which gives both strength and a natural appearance.
How Does the Dental Bridges Procedure Work?
The procedure involves preparing the teeth alongside the missing tooth or teeth. We remove some of the enamel from these two teeth. We then make impressions of your teeth and send the mold to the dental laboratory. While the permanent bridge is being made, a temporary bridge will be fitted for protection.
When your permanent bridge is ready, you will come in to have it fitted. We will check it and make adjustments if necessary, to make sure it fits properly. A fixed bridge is permanent, and we may cement it temporarily in place for a time to make sure it fits properly before cementing it in permanently. Once it’s cemented in place, it looks and works just like natural teeth.
A dental bridge helps you to chew and speak properly. It also helps to maintain the shape of your face because it prevents your remaining teeth from drifting and loosening when you lose a tooth.
Once a crown or bridge is fitted, you need to maintain a regular oral hygiene routine. You need to take extra care to floss around a crown to help avoid decay where the crown and tooth join. It’s best to avoid chewing hard, sticky foods like toffees and using your teeth inappropriately such as crunching ice or chewing pens.
With proper care, a crown or bridge can last for well over 10 years. Keeping the surrounding teeth healthy and strong with outstanding oral hygiene and regular checkups and cleaning is essential when you have a crown or a bridge. Cleanings are important for removing tartar that builds up around the crown or bridge. There are various products on the market that can help you to keep your bridge clean, such as a dental floss threader.