Crown & Bridge Treatments
Crowns are one of the methods by which teeth can be rebuilt. If you have a tooth with extensive damage or decay, and a filling would not be appropriate, your dentist may recommend a crown. These cover the damaged tooth to prevent further decay.
Crowns can be metal, metal covered with porcelain or entirely porcelain. The material chosen depends on where in your mouth the crown is needed; for example crowns that are completely metal are normally only suitable for back teeth.
Porcelain (or ‘white’) crowns are carefully colour-matched to ensure they are very similar in appearance to your own teeth. By the end of treatment your crown will blend in with your existing teeth. Whilst a very technically precise procedure, it is quite straightforward.
Through following the aftercare advice from your dentist, your crown should last for many years.
A bridge is just one of the options available for replacing missing teeth.
Bridges may be made from metal or they may be metal covered with a thin layer of porcelain to appear more natural. They may also be crafted entirely from porcelain by an experienced technician to produce a bridge that is very similar in appearance to your own teeth.
Is a bridge recommended for me?
Your dentist may recommend a bridge if you have only a few teeth missing. It is important to replace missing teeth even if you are not concerned about your appearance because the gap allows the remaining teeth to drift out of position. This may eventually affect their function.
What is the process?
The teeth adjacent to the space are prepared. Your dentist then fixes or bonds the bridge containing the false teeth onto your prepared teeth so the false teeth fill the space.