What is a Crown?
A crown is a restoration that covers the remaining part of a prepared tooth, to strengthen it and give it a natural shape. They can also be used to improve teeth that are discoloured, misshapen or misaligned. Crowns are an ideal treatment for teeth that have been broken, root canal treated or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling.
What is a Bridge?
Bridges are an effective way to restore missing teeth.
In time the teeth on either side of the gap can begin to move, altering the way your teeth meet and affecting your bite. A bridge can help prevent this.
Conventional fixed bridge - most commonly used fixed bridge. Teeth on both sides of the missing tooth must be trimmed. A crown is then placed on top of each tooth. A single false tooth (pontic) is bonded to the middle, creating a bridge between the teeth.
Cantilever bridge -a fixed bridge which is attached to one side of the gap only.A crown is placed on one or two of the existing teeth next to the gap supporting the false tooth (pontic)filling the space.
Adhesive bridge - this bridge is commonly used to replace missing front teeth.Minimal or no preparation is needed. Using special materials we can attach a false tooth to the backof your adjacent teeth to fill the missing gap. This is only possible providing you have a favourable bite (occlusion).
There are three common types of bridge used:
Frequently Asked Questions
Taking especially good care of your new crown or bridge is important. The best way to do so is to incorporate good oral hygiene into your daily routine. Your dentist or hygienist will show you effective ways to clean around your new restoration helping to ensure its longevity.
If looked after correctly crowns and bridges can last up to 15 years.