Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges provide a permanent solution for damaged or decayed teeth as well as a replacement for missing teeth.
At Pinjarra Dental Surgery, we use crowns and bridges to help restore the aesthetics, strength and functionality of your smile.
What are Crowns?
Crowns (also known as caps) are used to strengthen damaged teeth, improve the appearance of misaligned teeth and can act as a replacement tooth for implants. The crown covers the entire tooth above the gum line and the shading is matched to your existing teeth for a natural appearance.
At Pinjarra Dental, we recommend crowns to:
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a cracked or broken tooth
- Cover a badly discoloured tooth
- Cover a poorly shaped or misaligned tooth
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
What are bridges?
Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge consists of an artificial tooth that is anchored to the neighbouring natural teeth. Dental bridges fill the gap left by a missing tooth and improve the appearance of the smile. They also stop the other teeth from shifting and moving and help to restore everyday functionality, such as eating and talking.
What is the procedure for the placement of crowns and bridges?
Your dentist will reshape the tooth to make room for the crown. This may include removing or reducing an existing filling. An impression is then made and used to create a cast for the crown. The crown normally takes two weeks to be prepared. In the interim, a temporary crown will be created and fitted to protect your tooth.
Once the crown is ready, you will return to the surgery to have it fitted. The temporary crown will be removed and the permanent one will be inspected to ensure that the colour and shape are correct. Once both you and your dentist are happy with the crown, it will then be bonded to the tooth.
The procedure for bridges is similar to that of crowns, except the two adjacent teeth will be prepared for a bridge.
How long do crowns and bridges last?
Dental crowns and bridges can be expected to last 10 to 15 years provided that you maintain good oral hygiene and eating habits. While crowns and bridges are very durable, you should avoid putting heavy pressure on them. Avoid eating foods like sticky confectionery and crunching on ice.
If you have a damaged or weak tooth, or want to replace a missing tooth, call Pinjarra Dental Surgery to book an appointment with one of our qualified dentists, or book online now.
Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.