DENTAL CROWNS AND BRIDGES
Do you have one or more missing teeth that you are looking to get replaced? If you prefer a more secure and permanent fixture than dentures, you may consider a combination of crowns and bridges, which are fixed and function just like natural teeth.
A crown is a cap that is placed on top of a dental implant or a restored tooth. Between two crowns, a bridge can also be installed to replace missing teeth.
Restore your smile to a healthy and confident one with some of these options and speak to our dentists today.
HOW IT WORKS
If your teeth are damaged, weak or decayed, a crown is used to maintain its size, strength and appearance, repairing it to its previous function. Crowns are made from a mixture of various durable materials made to match your natural teeth.
The aim of a dental bridge is to replace one or more missing teeth. When creating a bridge, our dentist places crowns on the outer edges of tooth loss before fixing on a replacement tooth, called a pontic, in the gap.
Bridges can help you restore your bite, improve the appearance of your smile, and maintain your face shape. On top of helping you feel confident in your smile again, they can also make it easier for you to chew food and pronounce words properly.
WHAT TO EXPECT
When treating a tooth that is decayed or damaged with a crown, our dentist will first reduce the tooth’s size and surface, before making impressions to be sent to a lab. A temporary crown made of soft plastic is cemented on the tooth to protect it from damage while your new crown is being made.
At the next visit, your permanent crown can then be cemented on.
Our dentist will assess if the neighbouring teeth next to the missing tooth are in good health if you are looking to replace your missing tooth with a dental bridge. Like with a crown, about 1 mm of tooth structure is reduced from the supporting teeth and an impression is taken to create the bridge in a lab.
While the bridge is being made, a temporary bridge is cemented to the adjacent teeth to protect the supporting teeth.
During your second visit, the temporary bridge is removed, and the bridge is cemented permanently to the teeth on either side of the space. You can then show off a full smile again within 3 to 7 days.