Restore the function, strength and appearance of your teeth with crowns and bridges…
A damaged or missing tooth can affect both the function and the aesthetic of your entire mouth. Crowns and bridges are an effective solution for damaged or missing teeth that can improve the function and appearance of your teeth and smile. Speak with one of our dentists to find out whether a crown or bridge might be the right option for you.
What is a crown?
A crown, which can sometimes be referred to as a ‘cap’, is a permanent prosthetic that is set in the mouth. For teeth that have suffered significant damage, due to decay or breakage, a crown can be placed over the tooth in order to improve the overall appearance, shape and alignment of the tooth. Crowns can be made to resemble the tooth in its original form, in shape and colour, so that the look is seamless. Some of the reasons why your dentist may suggest a crown for you may be to:
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Cover a poorly shaped or discoloured tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had a root canal treatment
- Close gaps in between teeth
- Repair damage from excessive bruxism (grinding)
What are bridges?
A bridge, similar to a crown, is a fitted prosthetic. It may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the adjacent teeth to drift into the empty space resulting in a bad bite. Missing teeth can also affect the function of the mouth, the gaps and missing teeth often making it difficult to chew. Bridges span the space where there are missing teeth. Like crowns, bridges are designed to fit within the aesthetic of the rest of the mouth, matching in colour and shape.
Match your natural teeth
Crowns are usually made of tooth coloured porcelain and are colour matched to your natural teeth. The treatment can be completed in as little as two appointments. After the tooth has been prepared and necessary records are taken, your permanent porcelain crown will be fitted. It is vital to treat your new crown as you would your own teeth and maintain your oral hygiene.