What are Crowns?
Crowns (‘caps’) are a type of tooth restoration used when a tooth is heavily decayed, fractured or root filled, and a filling is not strong enough.
They are designed to cover the entire tooth thus restoring the structural integrity of the tooth and are fitted onto the tooth with a dental cement.
Crowns are made from porcelain generally, but they can also be made from a gold or metal alloy.
What are Bridges?
Bridges are a treatment option used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Existing teeth next to the missing tooth are used as anchors or supports by placing crowns on them. Attached to this is a porcelain tooth (called a ‘pontic’) that spans the gap, thus replacing the missing tooth. Like individual crowns this is cemented into place and is not removable like a denture.
What are the benefits of Crowns and Bridges?
The design of this type of tooth restoration are aimed at not only strengthening the structure and function of a tooth, but also for a good cosmetic outcome that include:
- having a whiter and brighter smile
- repairing cracks in teeth and fillings, for the long term
- straightening crooked teeth
- replacing missing teeth and filling gaps
- restoring a dental implant
Would you like to book an appointment for a consultation about crowns and bridges?
At the initial consult we will discuss:
- all treatment options including costs
- the number of appointments required
- what’s involved
- expected lifetime for crown/bridge
If you have any questions please ask our team at any stage of the treatment.