For any teeth that need a full restoration, beyond that which can be achieved with a filling/inlay or onlay alone, we can use crowns. Made to look just like natural teeth, crowns provide a full restoration for any teeth that are letting your smile down. If you need to replace a tooth or fill in a gap, crowns can be used in a bridge to support a false tooth between them.
A crown is a type of dental restoration used to fix teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay or have a very large filling. The crown fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. It will also be tooth coloured, giving the restoration a more natural appearance so it fits in with the rest of your teeth.
A crown could be a good solution for you if you have some discoloured fillings and would like to improve their appearance. Crowns can be used to replace these to give you a more aesthetic smile. Also, if you have had root canal treatment you will need a crown to protect or cap the restored tooth, allowing you to eat and bite down on it as if it was a real tooth. Crowns are also used to anchor a denture firmly in place in the mouth.
If you have a missing or damaged tooth, a dental bridge is an effective way of getting rid of an unattractive gap, which can also cause problems eating and speaking. Generally made from porcelain, a dental bridge is attached to either one or both adjacent teeth, thus disguising the gap left by the missing tooth.
There are various types of dental bridge, and after an initial examination, we can discuss the best one for you based on your individual situation and needs.
So, if you’ve lost a tooth and would like to enjoy a full smile again, talk to us about bridges and other tooth replacement options we offer, such as dental implants.
Having a crown involves two main steps. The first is preparation. We use a local anaesthetic to numb the area first. If you have a cavity or any decay caused by bacteria, we’ll treat the tooth to make sure that only the healthy tooth remains.
It doesn’t take long for us to strip away a layer of the tooth. Once we have the post prepared, we take a digital impression/scan of the tooth so we can create a crown that blends in perfectly with the surrounding teeth.
Don’t worry, we’ll provide you with a temporary bridge or crown so any prepared teeth are well-protected.
Whether your crown or bridge is fitting onto posts or implants, the process is the same. We use digital impressions to create accurate models of your teeth. These are then sent to a dental lab where they are crafted using the latest dental technology.
Your crown or bridge is then sent back to us. When you come back to us for the fitting, we’ll make sure that the colour matches perfectly and that it blends in. We then fix it in place with dental cement.