Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges

Dental crowns and dental bridges can restore and replace teeth

Dental crowns and dental bridges are cosmetic and restorative options to improve the health and appearance of your smile. A dental bridge is porcelain cap which covers your tooth. It can be colour matched to your natural teeth and is ideal for protecting a tooth which has had work done or been damaged. A dental bridge is up to three fake teeth attached to two dental crowns and is used to replace missing teeth.

Dental crowns

A dental crown is traditionally used after a large filling, root canal therapy or injury to the tooth. A dental crown covers the crown of your tooth and can last up to 15 years. The process for placing dental crowns takes two appointments after your initial consultation.

In the first appointment, a mould of your teeth is taken and your tooth is prepared.  The mould of your teeth will be sent to the lab where your dental crown is fabricated. Your tooth is prepared by removing a small amount of the enamel, and then a temporary crown is placed while you wait for your permanent dental crown.

The second appointment—which can be one to two weeks later—is where the temporary crown is replaced with the more permanent dental crown. This crown can last between 15 and 20 years depending on how well you take care of your oral health.

Dental bridges

A dental bridge is where one or more artificial teeth are attached to two dental crowns. If you need to replace more than three teeth, a denture may be a better option for you. The process for dental bridge treatment involves two appointments after your initial consultation.

In the first appointment is where a mould of your teeth is taken and sent off to the lab. Then the teeth on either side of the gap are prepared for crowns. Once this is done, a temporary bridge is placed to protect your teeth and gums.

The second appointment, which takes place one or two weeks later, is where the temporary bridge is replaced with the more permanent one. This bridge can last up 15 to 20 years depending on how well you look after your oral health.

Restore and replace teeth

Dental crowns and bridges can be colour-matched to your teeth. If you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth, we strongly recommend you say something before we start any restorative work. You may need teeth whitening prior to treatment to give you a bright, healthy-looking smile.

The reason we recommend this prior to treatment is that whitening treatments won’t change the colour or shade of a dental crown or bridge. So if you do choose to have a whitening treatment after, it will be obvious which teeth have the restorations.

Dental crowns and bridges from Bonfire Dental in Jindalee

Restoring your teeth with dental crowns is a good way of keeping them healthier for longer. This treatment has both cosmetic and restorative benefits and is great for patients serious about keeping their natural teeth for as long as possible. For those patients who have lost teeth—whether through accident or injury—a dental bridge is a great way to stop your teeth from shifting to fill the gap left by a missing tooth.

If you would like to know more about dental crowns and dental bridges, or to request an appointment, please contact us today.