Crowns & Bridges Brisbane City
Restore form and function to your smile
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is precision made to cover a damaged single tooth. Crowns are securely fixed in place, unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you take out and clean daily. Crowns are cemented onto existing teeth or implants and look and feel like a natural tooth.
Bridges, on the other hand, are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges are also securely fixed in place and are used to fill the space of a missing tooth (or several teeth). Bridges do this by fixing an artificial tooth permanently to the adjacent teeth or dental implants. There are many variations of bridge styles, techniques and materials that can be used. Individual factors of age, space size, tooth position, bite position, aesthetics and hygiene will determine the best bridge treatment option for each person.
How do crowns work?
Teeth can become damaged or weakened for a number of reasons such as large fillings, decay, trauma, cracks or root canal treatments. The difference with teeth when compared to bone, is that they cannot heal. Once a tooth has a crack, the only certainty is that it is going to get bigger. For teeth that are significantly weakened, we must strengthen or repair any damage with crown and bridge restorations.
Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can also be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Your dentist may recommend a crown to:
- Replace a large filling to prevent a crack from splitting a tooth
- Protect a weakened tooth from fracturing
- Restore an already fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
What are crowns made of?
Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth and are very conservative to use. Other materials used to make crowns include gold and metal alloys, along with porcelain. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth.
Crowns and bridges are made by specialist technicians in dental laboratories to ensure that your bite is right and you don’t end up breaking the opposing or another tooth.
At Bite Dental Studios, we are very privileged to have our technician and his laboratory located on site. This means he can come and meet you, take photos and actually see the smile that the crown will fit into. For this reason, we can guarantee our crown and bridge work for up to five years. If any structural damage occurs to the restoration within that time that does not involve a trauma incident, and if regular check-ups are maintained, we will replace it.
How are dental crowns made?
In order to fabricate a dental crown, an impression of the prepared tooth is taken as a record for the technician. You will be given the opportunity to meet with the technician so that he can record the colour and shape of your teeth before making a crown that matches your smile. The crown itself is made in our onsite dental laboratory. The impressions of your teeth are sent to the lab, where they are made to fit your mouth comfortably. Our team will ensure that your crown matches the shade of your surrounding natural teeth as closely as possible.
How should I look after my dental crown?
A crowned tooth doesn't need any special care, but it is important that you keep it clean just as you would your natural teeth. We recommend that you stick to a good oral hygiene routine by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. It's also important that you come in and see us for regular dental check-ups and cleans because crowned teeth are not protected from issues like tooth decay and gum disease.
What are dental crowns made of?
Dental crowns can be made from a number of materials, including porcelain, gold and metal alloys. The type of crown that is best for you will depend on your particular needs, as well as the location of your affected tooth. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched very closely to the colour of your natural teeth and are often a good option for teeth that are visible when you smile. Crowns that are made from gold and metal alloys, on the other hand, tend to be stronger and more durable than porcelain crowns and are sometimes recommended for use on the back teeth.
How long do crowns and bridges last?
The average lifespan of a crown is 15 years, however with diligent maintenance, crowns can last over 20 years! We even have a few regular patients with crowns that were placed in the 1970s. While crowns and bridgework are as permanent as it gets in dentistry, they do sometimes come loose or fall out.
The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Also, seeing your dentist and hygienist for regular check-ups and professional cleanings will significantly increase the long-term success of your crown treatment.
To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, treat them with care and avoid chewing hard foods or taking the top off bottles with them!