CROWNS AND BRIDGES

What is a Crown?

  • A crown, also known as cap, is a dental restoration which covers and fits over the tooth and restores it to its normal shape and size. A crown can make your tooth stronger and also improve its appearance.

  • there are 3 main types of crowns: porcelain, porcelain fused to metal and all- metal.

 

When is a dental crown needed?

  • A tooth is severely decayed and the remaining tooth structure is weak

  • After a tooth had root canal therapy

  • A previously restored tooth which had a large filling already and need to be replaced

  • Fractures

  • The tooth is used as support for a bridge

  • The above are only some of the common indications for crowns

       

What does it involve during your visits with us at Burwood Family Dentist?

  • It usually takes at least two visits to complete a crown.

  • At the first appointment, the tooth is prepared to receive the crown. An impression is taken and sent to a dental laboratory where a dental technician will custom made the crown to the shape and colour it needs. A temporary crown is fitted at the end of the session.

  • At the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed and the final crown is adjusted and cemented onto the tooth.

dental crown

What is a dental bridge?

  • A dental Bridge is a artificial tooth (pontic) which is attached to a crown on each side. This is know as a fixed-fixed bridge (as shown below) and is the most commonly used bridge to replace a missing back tooth. 

  • It is used to replace one or more missing teeth/spaces.

  • Like real bridges, there are also other types of bridges used in dentistry such cantilever bridge and Maryland bridge.

dental bridge
dental bridge

What are the advantages and disadvantages of dental bridges?

Advantages

  • can replace one or more teeth, usually in a relatively short period of time (compared to implant option)

  • Fixed in place and feel like or very similar to your own teeth

  • Less invasive than dental implants, no surgery is required.

  • Less expensive than implants

Disadvantages

  • Cost more than removable denture

  • The adjacent or supporting tooth/teeth need to be prepared and shaped.

  • If there is an issue with one of the crowns or components, then the whole bridge will need to be replaced.

  • does not support the jawbone (unlike implant)

Book an appointment now with our Burwood Family Dentist

if you would find out if you are suited for dental crowns and bridges or discuss other alternative dental options, call us now to schedule an appointment  or request now online anytime.