Crowns & Bridges

Crowns and Bridges: restoring the form and function of your teeth

Often, we use crowns and bridges to restore the form and function of a smile, strengthen your teeth and repair damage.

When teeth become damaged or weakened, it is important to prevent cracks that form from getting bigger. Crown and bridge dental restorations strengthen the tooth and repair the damage.

Crowns are tooth-shaped ‘caps’ that fix onto your existing teeth or implants to look and feel like a natural tooth.

Bridges are used to replace missing teeth and are securely fixed in place, attaching permanently to adjacent teeth or implants.

Many factors such as tooth position, bite position, hygiene, and cosmetic appeal will come into play to determine the best bridge treatment option for you. We will work with you, providing expertise and consultation to find the best fit for your smile, ongoing health, happiness, and well-being.

Crowns are used to:
  • Replace a large filling
  • Prevent a crack from splitting your tooth
  • Protect weakened teeth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Provide a tooth-like shape and structure to strengthen a damaged tooth
  • Improve a damaged tooth’s appearance, shape or alignment
  • Cover a discoloured or misshaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal therapy
  • Attach a bridge.
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Experts in dental crown procedures

Our crown procedures are set up to make you feel as comfortable as possible throughout. We start with a first visit which involves tooth preparation and record taking. Following this, after the technician has created your crown, we will cement it in place during a second visit. We use local anaesthetic for your comfort, and you can rest assured that the quality of the products we use are always of a high standard.

At Bite Dental Studios, we always take the time to make sure that you feel relaxed and comfortable, and that all of your questions are answered. We will never rush you and we always put you first.

Find some of the more common questions below and click to see an answer.

Dental crowns, also known as caps, are dental restorations that cover or encase a damaged or weakened tooth. They are often used to restore teeth that have been significantly decayed, cracked, or broken, or to improve the appearance of teeth that are misshapen, discolored, or have other cosmetic imperfections. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, resin, or metal alloys, and are custom-fitted to the individual tooth for a natural-looking and comfortable fit. The procedure for placing a crown typically involves preparing the affected tooth by removing any decay or damage, taking impressions of the tooth to create a custom crown, and then placing the crown securely over the tooth using dental cement or bonding agents.

The lifespan of a dental crown can vary depending on several factors, such as the type of material used, the location of the crown in the mouth, and the individual’s oral hygiene habits. Generally, dental crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or longer with proper care and maintenance. Regular brushing and flossing, routine dental checkups, and avoiding biting down on hard objects can all help prolong the lifespan of a dental crown. However, it is important to note that dental crowns are not designed to last a lifetime, and may eventually need to be replaced due to wear and tear or other factors. If you have a dental crown, your dentist can provide guidance on how best to care for it and when to consider replacing it.

Dental crowns are custom-made to fit a patient’s individual tooth. After an examination and preparation of the tooth, an impression is taken and sent to a dental laboratory where the crown is fabricated from materials such as porcelain, ceramic, or metal alloys. While the permanent crown is being made, a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth. Once the permanent crown is ready, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is fitted and cemented in place by the dentist. The process typically takes several weeks and may require multiple appointments.

Dental bridges are a type of dental restoration that are used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) that are held in place by dental crowns on either side of the gap (abutment teeth). Bridges can be made from a variety of materials, such as porcelain, ceramic, or metal alloys, and are custom-fitted to the patient’s mouth for a natural-looking and comfortable fit. The procedure for placing a dental bridge typically involves preparing the abutment teeth by removing any decay or damage, taking impressions of the teeth to create a custom bridge, and then placing the bridge securely over the gap using dental cement or bonding agents.

The lifespan of a dental bridge can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the material used, the patient’s oral hygiene habits, and the amount of wear and tear on the bridge. On average, a well-cared-for dental bridge can last between 5 to 15 years, or even longer in some cases. To maximize the lifespan of a dental bridge, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing regularly, and to visit a dentist for routine check-ups and cleanings. Additionally, avoiding habits that can damage the bridge, such as chewing on hard objects or using the teeth to open packages, can also help prolong its lifespan.

Cleaning dental bridges is similar to cleaning natural teeth, but with a few additional steps. It’s important to brush and floss the teeth and gums surrounding the bridge thoroughly, paying close attention to the areas where the bridge connects to the abutment teeth. A special floss threader or interdental brush can be used to clean under the bridge and around the abutment teeth. Additionally, using an antimicrobial mouthwash can help kill bacteria that can cause plaque buildup and bad breath. Patients with dental bridges should also schedule regular check-ups and cleanings with a dentist to ensure that the bridge remains in good condition and to address any issues that may arise.

The number of teeth that can be replaced with a bridge depends on the location of the missing teeth and the condition of the surrounding teeth. Generally, bridges can be used to replace one to three teeth in a row. If more teeth need to be replaced, multiple bridges or other tooth replacement options like implants may be necessary. Your Bite Dental dentist can help determine the best treatment plan for your specific case.

Yes, teeth can decay under a dental bridge if proper oral hygiene is not maintained. The abutment teeth that support the bridge are still vulnerable to decay and gum disease, and if the area around the bridge is not kept clean, bacteria can accumulate and cause decay. It’s important for patients with dental bridges to brush and floss regularly, paying special attention to the areas around the bridge and the abutment teeth. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can also help detect any decay or issues with the bridge before they become more serious. If decay does occur under a dental bridge, the bridge may need to be removed and the abutment teeth treated before a new bridge can be placed.

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