Crowns & Bridges

What are crowns and bridges?

Dental crowns and bridges are forms of tooth restorations which are able to restore functionality and aesthetics to teeth that have become impaired. A dental crown can be used to restore strength to a damaged tooth, restoring functionality and preventing further damage, while a dental bridge is able to replace an entire missing tooth.

Why would I need a dental crown?

Usually made from porcelain or porcelain fused with metal, a dental crown will likely be required if your tooth has become damaged or decayed. They are only used in instances where it is still possible to save the tooth (this may require additional root canal treatment). Dental crowns can help to bolster the tooth and have additional aesthetic benefits.

Why would I need a dental bridge?

If you have lost a tooth or you need a tooth extracting as a result of injury or decay, a dental bridge is an excellent means to restore your smile. Replacing missing teeth is essential to upholding oral health, as tooth gaps can often lead to the development of dental health diseases, which is why dental bridges are such an important treatment option.

How is a crown fitted?

To begin with the tooth will need to be cleaned and reshaped for the dental crown. The dental crown itself will be manufactured to fit your tooth perfectly, for which an impression of your teeth will be taken. The crown will fit over the tooth like a cap and will be fixed in place with dental cement.

How is a bridge fitted?

Initially the teeth next to the gap will be prepared, which involves shaving away tiny pieces of tooth to make room. An impression of your teeth will be taken and sent away to a laboratory, where your dental bridge will be manufactured to a bespoke level. When ready the dental bridge will be fitted and your tooth gap filled, giving you a healthy, natural looking smile.

Dental crowns and bridges at Mollison Way Dental Surgery are an excellent means of restoring tooth functionality and aesthetics.

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