What Are Crowns
A crown (or cap) is a type of dental restoration that is usually placed on top of a tooth that has broken or weakened by decay or a large filling.
Why does a tooth need a crown?
A dental crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for example:
- You may have discoloured fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth
- You may have had a root canal filling which will need a crown to protect it
- It may help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place
What type of dental crown is best?
There are many different materials that crowns can be made from such as ceramic, porcelain, gold or other metals.
If you have missing teeth, then one solution could be a bridge.
What are bridges?
A dental bridge is made up of artificial teeth to replace the gap – these are cemented onto the surrounding teeth. Bridges will help restore your bite and smile, it also helps keep the adjacent teeth stable.
What are they made out of?
Bridges are usually made of a metal base, which gives them a solid structure and makes them hard-wearing. Porcelain is added to the base to make it look more like real teeth.
- A bridge makes chewing and eating easier because they are fixed and can’t come out.
- Implant supported bridges can be fabricated, if you have several teeth next to each other that are missing.
Once you have a bridge fitted, you will have to take extra care during your daily hygiene regime to ensure it stays plaque free and does not cause bad breath.
If you have a missing tooth, the remaining surrounding teeth may gradually drift into the empty space, resulting in a poor bite and a potentially unsightly smile.
Our dentists will spend time with you and advise you on the best solution and material for your teeth and mouth.