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Crown and Bridge
Crowns and Bridges can be used purely for cosmetic purposes or they may be the solution other dental problems
As we age many of us find our teeth are no longer structurally sound. Root canals, lost fillings, decay below a filling, chipping or cracking of the enamel are all things that can lead to large scale defects in a tooth’s surface.
A dental crown covers the entire visible surface of the tooth adding strength, durability and stabaility to damaged teeth. Or a crown can be used to improve the aesthetic of a tooth you are unhappy with.
A crown will take about two appointments to complete.
- some of the tooth surface will be trimmed away so the crown can fit over the top.
- if there is any decay present or any part of the tooth is unsound, this will also be removed
- an impression will be taken and this will be sent off to a lab for them to make your crown. They will be able to make your crown to match the colour of your other teeth. In the meantime a temporary crown will be fixed to your tooth
- Once you lab work is received you will come in to have the permanent crown fixed to your tooth
A bridge is very similar to a crown. It is used to replace a missing tooth when the neighbouring teeth are still in good condition.
- The neighbouring teeth are prepared in the same manner they are for crowns.
- Impressions are taken and sent to the lab.
- your lab work will be a set of three teeth. The two on the end will act as crowns, being placed over the healthy teeth and they will support a tooth in the middle that will fill the gap of the missing tooth.
- This will be permanently fixed to the two supporting teeth.