If you have missing or damaged teeth, then crowns and bridges are ideal solutions. With a crown or a bridge, a prosthetic device is used to return your smile to its natural state.
Crowns are used when the structure of your teeth is damaged or fractured, while a bridge is used if one or more teeth are missing.
Crowns and Bridges
What is a Crown and how does it work?
A crown is a form of prosthetic or manufactured tooth. Usually made from either porcelain or ceramic depending on the location within the mouth, it can be colour and texture matched to your current teeth and their condition, so that it looks natural.
A crown will be used when your dentist believes that one of your teeth has either become damaged or weakened. In order to fit the crown, the current tooth isn’t removed. Instead, it is filed down and reshaped into a smaller size. Then, the crown fits over the top of the current tooth like a cap and is cemented into position for stability.
During the process, any decay is removed and the existing tooth structure is used to help support the crown. This way, you can still eat and drink normally.
What is a Bridge and how does it work?
A bridge is used to replace missing teeth. They’re usually made from porcelain that’s been fused to metal, which helps to provide strength to the new tooth and a natural finish that blends to the rest of your teeth. However, depending on the position in the mouth, another material can be used to ensure longevity.
A bridge is usually attached between two crowns. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared for crowns and the bridge is then cemented into place. However, an implant can also be used depending on the location in the mouth and the damage.
How Long do Bridges and Crowns Last?
Bridges and crowns are permanent solutions that can last a lifetime. However, over time they may erode through wear and tear, meaning they can become loose or fallout. Your dentist will always check on the health of your crown or bridge as part of your usual check-up. They will also professionally clean it for you.
The best way to maintain a crown or a veneer is to practice good oral hygiene, as a bridge will lose support if it is damaged by dental disease. Ensure that you brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day, as this will help to remove any stains that appear.
While your crown or bridge is new, avoid chewing hard foods and ice until it’s fully bonded.
If you’ve fractured or damaged your tooth, or if decay has severely weakened your tooth, then you should come to visit us for a check-up. Our professional dentists will perform a thorough evaluation of your teeth to assess whether a crown or a bridge is required for your situation.
Wherever possible, we will always try to keep and maintain healthy teeth, and we will only remove teeth as a last resort. We understand that nothing you wear is more important than your smile, and we’ll always ensure that you fully understand the options available to you and the results you’re likely to achieve.
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