Today’s crowns and bridges are indistinguishable from natural teeth – and they can transform an unattractive smile.

A crown is used to cover a tooth that has been weakened by many fillings, fractures or heavy wear, or one that has been treated with root canal therapy.

A bridge is used to ‘bridge the gap’ where one or more teeth have been removed. The teeth adjacent to the gap are crowned and used as anchors to support the false teeth in between.
Unlike removable devices such as dentures, crowns and crown-supported bridges are cemented on to existing teeth and can only be removed by a dentist.

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A crown can be used to:

  • protect a tooth that has been weakened by a very large filling or multiple fillings
  • protect a tooth that might otherwise break
  • restore a tooth that has broken
  • attach a bridge
  • cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
  • improve the look of a tooth this is discoloured or misshapen.
When one or more teeth are missing other teeth will often rotate or move into the gap. This can look unattractive and also adversely affect your bite. Missing teeth can also cause an imbalance that may lead to gum disease or problems with your jaw joint. A bridge spans the gap so there is no evidence of a missing tooth or teeth. It also keeps your other teeth aligned.
We first need to reduce the size of the tooth or teeth so that the crown or bridge will fit over. We then take an impression and send this to a dental technician along with details of the necessary colour. The technician will then create a crown or bridge from porcelain or ceramic that will blend perfectly with your natural teeth.
We will prepare a temporary crown or bridge for you to wear while the final one is being made.
With proper care both can last a lifetime.
It’s vital that you practice good oral hygiene – our dental hygienist will show you how best to brush and floss. You should also visit us regularly for inspections and to have your teeth professionally cleaned. It’s also important to avoid chewing on anything that could cause damage, such as ice.
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