Crowns and bridges

What is a dental crown?

A crown is a ‘cap’ placed over the whole tooth to protect it and strengthen it to best withstand forces, such as that from chewing. With age, teeth become subjected to increasingly larger fillings and wear and tear over the years. As a result, some may need protection by having a crown placed to provide added stability and to prevent further weakening of the tooth.

What is involved with having a crown?

A crown is normally done in two visits. At the first visit, your dentist prepares your tooth for the crown by re-shaping it. A mold is taken of the prepared tooth and sent to the lab to fabricate the crown. The second visit involves the dentist cementing the crown in place and checking the fit and the bite. There are several different types of crowns, which vary according to the materials they are made of. We will be able to discuss your various options to decide what works best for your needs.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge replaces missing teeth. It comprises of two or more crowns and replacement teeth attached between them. As with crowns, they are cemented in place by your dentist and are not removable, making them a more convenient option to wearing dentures.

We will be able help determine the optimum form of treatment for you, whether it be crown or bridge work, or other alternatives that would actually suit you better. Feel free to contact us today to arrange a thorough examination and to consider your options.