Crowns and Bridges

Crowns

Crowns cover the tooth completely, fitting just at the gum line and protecting the remaining tooth. Most crowns have a tooth-coloured porcelain exterior fused to a metal base. The shade is customized to match your other teeth so that in your mouth a crown will look similar to a natural tooth. All porcelain crowns are also available giving superior aesthetics, also with strong cores.
Crowns can be placed on a titanium implant when the teeth are missing.

A Crown may be necessary after you have had Root Canal (Endodontics) treatment as non vital teeth are more liable to crack, for various reasons.




 

Bridgework

Bridgework works like a series of connected crowns, replacing missing teeth by bridging the gap and using the surrounding teeth as abutments. Some bridges have crowns at each end for support. Others are fixed to the surface of the teeth next to the gap using powerful bonding agents. (Maryland bridge.) The latter type of bridge involves less tooth preparation but are generally not as strong as traditional bridgework. Sometimes a bridge is only fixed to the tooth on one side of the gap (cantilevered bridge).


Bridges are made of metal and porcelain or sometimes just porcelain.

If you are missing one or more natural teeth, then you know how much this diminishes your chewing ability. What you may not realize is that missing teeth also affect your facial structure, increasing stress on remaining teeth and often giving your cheeks a sunken appearance. Bridgework is cemented in permanently so that it feels like normal teeth.
Bridgework can also be supported by implants when teeth are absent.

We use several ceramic dental laboratories including Ardent Dental Studio. www.ardentdentalstudio.co.uk and Oakview Restorations www.oakviewrestorations.co.uk.

What will my dentist do?

There are several stages involved:

The dentist uses a “mouldable” soft material to take impressions of your mouth for the dental technician to make exact plaster models to see how the teeth fit together.

Usually under local anesthetic, the teeth are prepared to take the fixings and to make sure that the bridge is not bulky.

A final impression of the teeth and gaps is then taken which the technician will use to make the bridge. An acrylic temporary bridge or crown is then fitted.

At your final visit the dentist will check that the bridge fits, make any minor adjustments and then cement it permanently in place. Your dentist or hygienist will show you the best way to keep your bridge clean.

Contact us to learn more about Crowns and Bridges.

Please call us on 01628 474044 or email us at enquiries@bridge-dental.co.uk or Contact us by clicking here.