Crowns and Bridges
A Fixed Solution for Missing or Damaged Teeth
Missing and damaged teeth can have a significant impact on the way we eat, talk, and smile, leaving us feeling deflated and lacking in confidence when we smile.
Both crowns and bridges are used to repair damaged, discoloured or missing teeth. A dental crown replaces a damaged tooth, while a bridge replaces multiple missing teeth and effectively bridges the gap between two crowns. With both solutions, the result is teeth that look and function like new, giving you back your smile and your confidence too.
What are Dental Crowns and How Do They Work?
A dental crown is a manufactured tooth made from porcelain or ceramic to match the colour and texture of your natural teeth. Alternatively, crowns can be made from gold or metal alloys, although these are more commonly used for strength when replacing back teeth. To deliver an aesthetically pleasing result, porcelain is often bonded to the exterior of a metal crown. Either way, crowns act as caps, cemented in place over existing teeth to hold them together and improve both their appearance and functionality. To place a crown, your dentist will file down your existing tooth and reshape it.
Any decay will be removed, leaving the appropriate tooth structure needed to support the crown. Once cemented in place, crowns can last anywhere between five and 15 years. However, their longevity depends on you maintaining an excellent oral hygiene routine and making regular trips to the dentist.
What are Bridges and How Do They Work?
Bridges are prosthetic appliances that replace missing teeth by effectively bridging the gap between two crowns. They are made of porcelain that is fused to metal in order to achieve both the strength required and a natural-looking finish. There are several types of bridges that can be used to replace missing teeth:
- Fixed bridge – the most common type of bridge, these are made up of two crowns and one or several false teeth, known as the pontic(s). The bridge is placed over the teeth with the pontic(s) filling the missing gap.
- Bonded bridge – these use wings on each side of the pontic instead of crowns bonded to teeth on either side of the gap.
- Cantilever bridge – for cases where there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing teeth, the bridge has a different layout with the pontic placed on the end of the bridge.
When are Crowns and Bridges Suitable?
Crowns and bridges are a potential treatment option for anyone with missing or damaged teeth. Crowns are also used to cover dental implants and to provide the anchor for bridges. The treatment can be used to resolve several dental problems, such as :
- Damaged, fractured or misshapen teeth
- Weakened teeth due to decay
- Severely discoloured teeth
- Weakened teeth due to a root canals
- Unstable or uncomfortable dentures
The Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges provide an excellent solution for damaged & missing teeth, restoring your smile and protecting your remaining teeth. They do this by stopping your remaining teeth rotating prevent you from ending up with a bad bite Once you’ve had a crown or bridge placed, you’ll have replacement teeth that:
- Look and feel just like your natural teeth
- Are made from bio-compatible material
- Preserve your remaining teeth
- Protect your gums
- Are durable and long-lasting
- Are resistant to stains
Not only do crowns and bridges give you back your winning smile, but they offer your remaining teeth and gums the protection they need. With good oral hygiene and regular trips to the dentist, crowns and bridges can last up to 15 years or longer.
Can Dental Crowns and Bridges be the Solution for You?
If you have damaged or missing teeth, the first thing you need to do is make an appointment so you can be fully assessed. At Ambience Dental, we will review your personal circumstances, your dental and medical history and find out what you’d like to achieve. If crowns and bridges are a suitable treatment, we’ll talk you through every step of the process, doing everything we can to keep the smile on your face throughout.