Crowns and Bridges
Restoring teeth with dental crowns or bridges improves the appearance and strength of damaged, decayed, fractured or weakened teeth (such as teeth that have been Root
Canal Treated or have lost large fillings). In many cases, a crown is the most effective way to save and strengthen a tooth.
The procedure involves removing a small amount of tooth enamel from around the tooth creating base for the new porcelain crown to be permanently secured.
Crowns and Bridges are usually made of porcelain and gold alloy. The porcelain is matched to the shade of your natural teeth. The gold base is used for strength and durability.
An upper and lower impression mould will be taken and used as a master impression.
The tooth is shaped and measured and another impression is taken and sent to the dental ceramist. A temporary dental crown is fitted to the tooth at the end of the appointment to protect the prepared tooth.
Is 2-3 weeks after the initial appointment. There is no drilling needed in the visit, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is seated. It is checked to see if the colour is correct and that it feels comfortable when you bite. Once all is perfect, the crown or bridge is bonded to the teeth with a dental bonding agent.
Hygiene and care:
Crowns and bridges should last for many years, research suggests approximately 12 years. Regular dental check-ups and preventive care appointments are essential. Your hygienist will show you how to care for your crown or bridge.