Crown & Bridge
Do you have any missing, broken down, cracked or discoloured teeth? Looking for a way to restore your smile functionally and aesthetically? Why not consider a crown or bridge.
WHAT IS A CROWN AND WHY WOULD I NEED ONE?
A crown is an excellent solution to help restore and protect cracked teeth, root canal treated teeth, broken teeth, heavily restored or discoloured teeth, and it can even be used as part of a bridge, it involves an indirect procedure in which a laboratory makes a “cap” to cover the existing tooth. Crowns are an excellent way to restore function but can also be used to improve aesthetics.
WHAT IS A BRIDGE?
A bridge is a fixed option to replace a missing tooth, sometimes multiple missing teeth. A conventional bridge involves placing crowns on the adjacent teeth with a fake tooth in between to replace the missing tooth, however in some cases it is possible to attach the bridge with wing like attachments to adjacent teeth rather than crowns.
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN FABRICATING A CROWN OR BRIDGE?
As crowns and bridges are custom made the fabrication process is completed over two appointments, once the initial case planning is completed. The initial appointment involves shaping the tooth/teeth in preparation for the crown/bridge, impressions are then taken to record the clinical situation which is then forwarded to the laboratory for fabrication, in the meantime a temporary crown/bridge is cemented into place. The fabrication process typically takes 2 weeks to complete at which time the temporary crown/bridge is removed and the permanent restoration is cemented.
WHAT ARE CROWNS AND BRIDGES MADE FROM?
With current materials available, crowns and bridges can be made from metal, porcelain, gold or a combination of these materials. To find out what the best treatment option and material is for your teeth, give us a call.
HOW MUCH WILL A CROWN OR BRIDGE COST?
This will vary greatly for a bridge depending on the number of teeth involved and the material used in fabrication. Your dentist will discuss what fees will be involved prior to commencing treatment.