Crowns and bridges

When one or more teeth are missing, it can seriously affect a patient’s smile along with their self-confidence. It may also cause other problems such as an inability to eat, jaw joint pain, headaches and bruxism or “teeth grinding”.

Tooth loss may result in the following issues:

  • Change in occlusion (bite),
  • speech impediments
  • shifting of the teeth
  • temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

Crowns and bridges are two curative techniques that repair damaged or missing teeth.

What is a crown?

A crown is a hollow cap that fits over a tooth, giving it strength and/or improving its appearance. Besides being used to restore damaged teeth, crowns are generally needed for teeth that have had root canal therapy. They strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile.

Crowns may be made from a diversity of materials. Types of crowns include the full porcelain crown, the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown and different variations of these.

New technology allows for crowns to be made completely from high-strength ceramic and porcelain which enables better colour matching to existing teeth and, in many cases, can be done in one appointment instead of two.

Crowns have been known to stay in the mouth for over 20 years. With good oral hygiene and care, there is no reason why crowns cannot last for the rest of your life.

What are bridges?

Bridges are usually used to supplant one or more missing teeth. A gap between your teeth can make it hard to chew and speak clearly. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space.

They are recommended in cases where removable dentures or dental implants may not be suitable.

Bridge treatments typically require two appointments. The first visit will consist of crown preparations on the teeth on either side of the gap, an impression is taken and either a provisional bridge or two temporary crowns will be fitted.

At the next visit, the provisional restorations are removed and the bridge is cemented into place. Slight adjustments may be required at this point.

The benefits of bridges are that they can fill most gaps, they last a long time, and they look great. With the correct care and cleaning, there is no reason why a bridge cannot last over 15 years.

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