What Are Crowns and Bridges?
Crowns and bridges are a clear option to replace missing teeth and restore function and aesthetics to the smile. They are both a restorative and cosmetic dental treatment because they enhance and restore the appearance of the natural tooth structure by imitating the shape and colour of your natural tooth. They are often used when a tooth has become decayed, cracked or has been otherwise affected by dental disease such as periodontitis. Crowns and bridges can also be used after a root canal therapy procedure where one of our dental professionals will attempt to salvage your natural tooth by removing damaged pulp.
What is a Crown?
A crown is a hollow ‘cap’ that is fixed over a tooth to restore strength and appearance to a damaged or broken tooth. Crowns are generally made from porcelain materials and are moulded from the shape of the natural tooth to replicate its natural appearance.
Here at Doonan Dental we use an oral scan to produce custom made crown designs using advanced software.
Crowns are generally 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 your tooth has been cleaned and prepared, your permanent porcelain crown will be fitted. It is important to maintain your oral hygiene to maintain the strength of this tooth.
What are Bridges?
A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. They will often be made out of two exterior dental crowns with one or two solid prosthetic teeth in the middle. These crowns will be fixed to your natural tooth and the two solid teeth will fill in the gap in your mouth. It’s important to replace gaps in your smile as gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the adjacent teeth to shift and disrupt your natural bite.
How do Bridges Work?
Bridges span the space where there are missing teeth, connected by two crowns on either side. Artificial teeth are fixed between crowns which are attached to natural teeth or implants on either side of the space.
Caring for Your Porcelain Restorations
Dental crowns can last up to 15 years if they are cared for correctly, and they can last as little as 5 if the utmost care is not taken. While the crown itself is resistant to decay it’s important to maintain a strict oral hygiene regime as this will ensure that any area where the crown has not concealed will also be protected from decay.