A crown is a cap, commonly made from porcelain or ceramic, which is used to rebuild and strengthen a weak or broken tooth. Crowns can also be used to improve your smile by changing the shape and colour of your existing teeth. Crowns are commonly used to replace a piece of tooth that has chipped off, recreating the aesthetics of a complete tooth.
What are crowns made of?
If a crown is required for a tooth at the front of your mouth, your Morley Dental Centre, dentist will match the existing colour of your teeth with a porcelain tooth. Sometimes you may choose a lighter colour. Further back in your mouth, a crown can be made of porcelain, however your dentist may recommend a gold crown because of its strength and longevity. Every case is different and your Morley Dental Centre dentist will discuss all of the options available to you.
What is the procedure to place a crown?
All decayed and weak areas of a damaged tooth are removed and your dentist takes an impression of the tooth. This impression is sent to the laboratory for the technician to form a model of your tooth, and then it is returned to the dental practice. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be cemented onto your tooth to protect it. On the next visit, your new crown will be bonded into position and will be ready to use straight away.
Having a crown fitted can significantly improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth. With a Maven Dental Group crown fitted, you will be able to smile with confidence, content in the knowledge that no-one will be able to tell that your teeth were ever anything less than perfect.
A bridge is a solution for a missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges ‘bridge’ the gap created by one or more missing teeth. The crown replacing the missing tooth is joined to crowns made to fit over the neighbouring teeth. In this way, the bridge, made up of three crowns, is supported by the teeth either side of the gap. Sometimes more than one missing tooth can be replaced in this way.
What is the procedure of having a bridge fitted?
During your first visit, the teeth adjacent to the gap are prepared. These teeth are recontoured by removing a portion of enamel, leaving them in a tapered shape, to allow room for a crown to be fitted over them. An impression of your teeth is sent to the laboratory for the technician to form a model of the bridge. Your dentist will make a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while your bridge is being made.
At your next appointment, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new one will be checked and adjusted, then the bridge is permanently cemented into place.
How do I know if I need a bridge?
If you have one or more missing teeth a bridge may be the solution for you. Bridges are important for both functionality and cosmetic reasons, as a missing tooth can affect how you chew and basic oral function, as well as cause you to feel self-conscious about smiling, laughing and talking. In this way, having a bridge fitted is a simple and effective way to address both issues helping you to feel better about your oral health in general. A bridge is also a less invasive and more cost-effective way to fill a gap compared to an implant, however is not expected to have the same durability.