Crowns and bridges are advanced forms of restorative dentistry that helps to restore the health, function and beauty to your smile. Made from quality materials (porcelain, metal alloy), crown and bridges are designed to repair or correct missing and damaged teeth.
A dental crown takes the form of a tooth-like cap and is used to cover the entire tooth- above the gum line- in order to restore the tooth original form (shape, size and contour) and reinforce its structural integrity.
Crowns are designed to restore a single tooth and provide benefits such as:
Restored ability to eat properly
Improved strength and stability
Treatment of cracked, broken and decayed teeth
A crown restoration involves removing the damaged part of the tooth and preparing the area to support your new crown. Crowns are long-lasting, fitting tightly over the damaged tooth and preventing further infection and decay. The type of materials used in the fabrication of the crown includes gold, stainless steel, composite resin, porcelain or monolithic zirconia.
Bridges can be used to restore multiple tooth loss and can:
Prevent teeth from shifting
Are a suitable alternative to a dental implant
Provide increased stability compared to traditional dentures
Bridges are held in place by crowns on either side of the space left by your natural tooth. The crowns are attached to the replacement tooth to create a strong and secure restoration.
When might you need a dental bridge?
A dental bridge might be needed if you have a missing tooth or teeth and have healthy teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing teeth.
What happens during a dental bridge procedure?
To prepare for the dental bridge, your dentist will file down the two adjacent teeth on either side of the gap. Your dentist will then take a mould to make your bridge. You might be given a temporary bridge while the permanent bridge is being made. The permanent bridge is usually cemented to the surrounding teeth.
How do you care for your dental bridge?
As recommended for natural teeth, brushing your bridge with fluoride toothpaste and floss is important. Regular visits to your dentist for a check-up is also suggested.