Crowns and Bridges
Crowns & Bridges
Crowns can achieve alterations in your mouth from small changes to major transformations.
A crown is a custom-made, permanent restoration.
They look like a hollow, tooth shaped “cap”, which fits over a prepared natural tooth.
Crowns are made from porcelain, which is a highly aesthetic material that can be easily matched to the natural shades of your teeth. They are meticulously hand crafted to achieve a completely custom design which will seamlessly match your existing teeth.
Some of the results crowns can achieve include:
- reshaping or rotating teeth
- closing spaces between teeth
- restoring length on worn teeth
These procedures not only enhance the appearance of the teeth but protect them from further wear.
A badly broken down tooth, for example: a cracked tooth, broken filling, decayed tooth or a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy, will often require a crown to restore appearance, strength and functionality to the tooth.
At the preparation stage, the natural tooth or teeth are reduced in size to allow adequate spacing for the crown. An accurate impression is then taken for our ceramist to custom design your crown.
Impression and Crown Cementation:
Do you have a missing tooth?
A dental bridge will literally ‘bridge the gap’ created by one or more missing teeth and restore your teeth to their natural dentition (state).
A bridge is a permanent prosthetic appliance that is created when a number of crowns are connected to each other to form one piece.
Bridges replace missing teeth by joining permanently to the adjacent teeth either side of the gap (or to implants, in the case of implant-supported bridges. You can read about them here).
The crowns that make up a dental bridge are made from ceramic (porcelain) to create a natural, translucent, colour stable appearance.
When missing teeth are restored using a bridge, the sound natural teeth on either side of the gap are prepared as crowns in order to secure the new artificial teeth in place. The anchoring teeth on either side are called “abutment teeth” or “retainers”, and the artificial teeth made to fill the gap are called “pontics”.
Where there are no supporting natural teeth, implants can be placed as the anchoring teeth to support the bridge. These are called implant-supported bridges. To read more on implants click here.
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