What is a Crown?
A crown or ‘cap’ is a means to rebuilding teeth that are broken down or weakened as a result of repeated cycles of dental decay which are restored with extensive fillings. They can protect the tooth from further breakdown whilst at the same time restoring the tooth to an ideal shape, appearance and functional position.
What is a Bridge?
A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth and is an alternative to a denture or dental implants. It consists of an artificial tooth connected to two crowns that are cemented onto teeth on either side of the gap. Following a detailed examination your dentist can advise you if a bridge is the ideal solution to replace a missing tooth.
Crowns and bridges are made from a variety of materials including:
A thorough clinical examination including x-rays is carried out to determine what material choice and treatment sequence is required. Tooth preparation under a local anaesthetic is required to create space for the crown or bridge material followed by an impression of the tooth. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where a skilled technician will fabricate the crown or bridge. During this time a temporary crown or bridge is fitted onto the tooth to protect it. When the definitive crown is ready, it is tried in and the fit assessed and then finally cemented into place. Whilst the material choice for the crown and bridge is strong the underlying tooth can still be affected by decay or gum disease. For this reason it is important to maintain good daily oral hygiene by brushing and flossing well. In addition, regular checkups allow your dentist to detect any problems early and perform the necessary treatment.
We choose to use local dental laboratories to ensure the highest level of quality in your mouthguards, dentures, crown and bridgework.