Crowns and bridges
Crowns and Bridges – cover-ups and gap fillers.
We provide high quality natural-looking crowns and bridges to restore and replace missing teeth. These are bonded securely to your existing teeth, unlike dentures, which can be taken out for cleaning and sleeping.
A crown is a durable restoration used to completely cover a damaged tooth. Also known as a ‘cap’, a crown not only strengthens a vulnerable tooth, but also improves its appearance, shape and functionality.
Crowns can be used to replace a large filling, prevent further damage, hide discolouration or protect a tooth that has had root canal treatment.
- Appearance enhancing
- Protective and fortifying
- Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, gold, metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. Each have pros and cons, but we will help you decide which one works best for you.
- As well as protecting a tooth and concealing defects, crowns are also used to support bridges and can be attached to dental implants to fill in any gaps in your smile.
The treatment process
- We carefully remove a thin layer of tooth so the new crown will fit neatly in place.
- We take impressions of your teeth and record their colour so the custom-made crown will fit with your natural teeth and blend in perfectly.
- While waiting for your crown, we protect the prepared tooth with a temporary restoration.
- When ready, we remove this temporary crown and fix the permanent one firmly in place.
More about crowns
A crown helps to protect a tooth from decay, but not at the gum line, and it will not prevent gum disease, so keep it bacteria-free with regular brushing and flossing. Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine and seeing your dentist for check-ups will help ensure the longevity of your crown.
A bridge can be used to replace one or more missing teeth by spanning a gap. They usually consist of a false tooth set between two crowns, which are then fixed to the teeth either side of a gap (the abutment teeth) or they can be held in place with dental implants. They can offer a more workable and durable alternative to removable dentures.
- Natural-looking – they are produced from realistic tooth-coloured materials
- Firmly fixed – they are cemented to existing teeth
- Eating is made easier – they help to correctly distribute the forces in your bite
- Remaining teeth kept in place – they prevent them from moving out of position
- Easy to get used to
- Traditional bridges – these are the most commonly used type of bridges with a false tooth located between two crowns. They can either be made from porcelain fused to metal or be all-ceramic.
- Cantilever bridges – these are used when there are existing teeth on only one side of a gap and are generally only suitable for areas of your mouth that experience less stress, such as your front teeth.
- Resin-bonded (Maryland Bridges) – this features a false tooth fused to metal or ceramic wings that are fixed to supporting teeth.
The treatment process
- We prepare the abutment teeth by removing a layer of tooth tissue so there will be enough room for the crowns.
- We take impressions so the bridge can be made to fit.
- While the bridge is being created, a temporary bridge may be put in place to protect the exposed teeth.
- When ready, the bridge is checked and adjusted to make ensure it fits perfectly and it is then finally fixed in position with dental cement.
More about bridges
It’s really important to practice good oral hygiene and adequately clean the bridge, the area under the false tooth and the supporting teeth. It’s also a good idea to avoid chewing very hard foods to prevent any damage.