Bridges and Crowns

Use and Advantages of Bridges and Crowns

Bridges and crowns can completely transform your smile, particularly if your broken, missing or damaged tooth (or teeth) is one of your front teeth.

An advantage of bridges and crowns are that they are permanently fixed into the mouth and replace broken, decayed, or missing teeth.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown (also known as a tooth cap or dental cap) covers a single tooth.  It can rebuild a decayed or broken tooth, strengthen a worn or weak tooth, or improve a tooth’s appearance. To make a crown, your dentist will take a mold from your teeth, and have the crown made in a dental laboratory.  The crown will be fitted onto your existing tooth at our Albany Creek dental practice.  When choosing a crown you have the choice between metallic or tooth-coloured porcelain.  If you choose tooth-coloured porcelain it will be colour matched to your existing teeth.  Once in place your crown will not be visibly different to your other teeth, thus improving the appearance of your teeth and smile.

Dental Bridges

If you have missing teeth then your dentist may recommend a dental bridge.  A permanent dental bridge usually has two crowns placed over the healthy teeth either side of where the missing teeth are.  False teeth are attached to the crowns forming the dental bridge and covering the toothless space in your mouth.   In order to be able to attach the crowns with the artificial teeth the abutment teeth will be reduced in size.  This allows for strong anchors as well as more flexibility in creating a more natural looking bridge and crowns.

There are many different options available regarding dental bridges and your Albany Creek dentist will advise you on your options and provide you with his professional recommendations.  Examples of options include fixed-movable bridges, fixed-fixed bridges and cantilever dental bridges.

There are many advantages to having a dental bridge to replace missing, decaying or damaged teeth.  Probably the greatest advantages are that dental bridges are aesthetically convincing as teeth and also last a considerable period of time before requiring replacement.  It is however very important to maintain a good regular teeth cleaning program.

Summary

Crowns and bridges typically involve two or three visits to our dentist practice, to take the mold, to check the crown or bridge and finally to fix the crown or bridge in place.

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