Crowns and Bridges benefits
Crowns and bridges improve the aesthetics of your teeth to create a beautiful, confident smile.
Replacing missing teeth improves your ability to eat effectively and speak clearly.
Care for crowns or bridges like you would natural teeth, with brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups.
What are Crowns and Bridges?
A crown is one restoration which sits on top of an existing tooth. Whereas a bridge replaces one or more adjacent missing teeth. Crowns and bridges are a functional and aesthetic solution to damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. We use durable materials such as porcelain, or precious metals, which resemble natural teeth and make your smile shine.
How it works
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What is the difference between a crown and a bridge?
A crown is a single-tooth restoration that caps your existing tooth. A bridge replaces one or more adjacent missing teeth with a prosthetic that literally bridges the gap, held in place at each end by a crown.
What are dental bridges and crowns made of?
Porcelain fused to metal are the usual materials from which crowns and bridges are made; they have a proven track record for success and look great. Bridges and crowns may also be made of other materials such as: Gold: a hardy metal that wears at a similar rate to teeth. The most durable and predictable material for crowns. Zirconia: used because it’s extremely strong, even in thin sections. Colour matching may at times be a challenge. Ceramic: All ceramic bridges have the advantage of looking natural. They usually have a zirconia core for strength and are layered with porcelain.
How is a crown or bridge fitted?
Before your custom restoration is made at the lab, your dentist will prepare your tooth by filling it down into a smooth shape that correctly accommodates the restoration. Dental impressions will then be taken and sent to the lab where your restoration will be made. When it is ready, you’ll return to the dentist to have your crown or bridge cemented in place.
How long will my crown or bridge last for?
Dental crowns last 15 – 20 years on average, whereas bridges may last 10 – 20 years. However, in many cases they can last even longer depending on how well looked after they are, the type of materials used, and the condition of the supporting teeth.
What types of dental bridge are there?
There are three types of bridges available: Fixed bridges This most commonly used bridge uses two single crowns to hold a false tooth in between. Supporting structures will be either teeth or implants. Cantilever bridges With this option, only one tooth is used to hold the false tooth, or in some cases, two teeth on the same side. Resin-bonded bridges These can be a permanent option, but can also be used as an interim solution for front teeth while waiting for an implant. For this option, a metal wing is bonded to the back of one or more of your teeth to retain the false tooth.
Are there any alternatives to crowns and dental bridges?
The main alternatives to crowns and dental bridges are dentures or implants. There’s also the option of nothing at all.