Crowns and bridges are ways that a dentist can restore the smile of a patient whose teeth are discolored, chipped, broken or missing. Modern technology has allowed these dental prosthetics to be so life-like that only the patient and their dentist at Carrum Downs Dental Care will know that they aren’t natural teeth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap, generally made of ceramic or porcelain and precious metal that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size and strength.
Crowns are often placed on teeth that have broken, had root canal treatment or are misshaped and discolored. Crowns are made to match your other teeth so that no one would notice it is not a natural tooth.
A crown is a full covering that protects a damaged tooth. A crown can be part of a bridge or a dental implant. A patient can choose a porcelain dental crowns, or crowns made of metal or resin. Crowns can also be used to change the aesthetics of a tooth or teeth by changing the shape and colour.
If the crown is needed to protect a tooth, the dentist files down the tooth or fills it up if it is broken in order to allow it to support the crown. When the tooth has been prepared, the dentist makes an impression of it and the adjacent teeth and sends the impression to a dental lab. While the new crown is being made, the dentist fits the patient with a temporary crown.
The patient returns to the dentist when the permanent crown’s ready. The temporary is removed, and the permanent crown is positioned and secured with dental cement.
A dental bridge is one option that can be used to replace a missing tooth. As with a crown, a bridge is generally generally made of ceramic or porcelain and precious metal.
There are several types of bridges but most work by being attached to the adjacent teeth of the missing tooth. Bridges require shaping of the teeth surrounding a missing tooth. Crowns are then placed on the shaped teeth and attached to an artificial tooth (called a pontic).
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If you have teeth that are unsightly or missing, call for a consultation for a bridge or crown at Carrum Downs Dental Care. Our number here is (03) 9783 0600.