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Crowns and Bridges

Crowns

As we move on in our age, we find that like the rest of our body, our teeth are subject to wear and tear. Broken fillings, discoloured teeth, extensive decay and cracked teeth are among some of the issues that can lead to large scale problems if left un-treated. If the surface of the tooth is severely damaged, but the root system is still in-tact, a crown may be the best solution to save the tooth.

A crown is commonly used in the restorative setting as well as the cosmetic setting. Not only does a crown restore the structure of damaged, chipped and decayed teeth, it also cosmetically enhances the appearance of the tooth, by resurrecting a life-like tooth of natural colour, form and function.

Crowns are sometimes referred to as “caps”. However, many patients don’t realise that these “caps” are simply white fillings. Full crowns are usually made of full porcelain, porcelain fused to a metal inner layer, or full metal. Porcelain fused to metal crowns have been the “gold standard” for quite a number of years, however, full porcelain crowns are becoming more popular as technology of materials improves. Full porcelain crowns have the ability to replicate natural tooth structure in form, function and appearance. It is best, however to discuss with your dentist as to what material would be most suitable for your case.

The crown or “cap” fits over a carefully prepared existing tooth. Single crowns are advised when a large portion of the tooth has been damaged by decay.

Bridges

In the case of a missing tooth, a bridge might be the solution for you. A bridge is a custom device that is anchored to adjacent teeth that replaces one or more missing teeth. Losing a permanent tooth- whether it is due to dental decay, gum disease or trauma can cause many serious issues to neighbouring teeth. The remaining teeth may begin to shift due to altered forces which may cause further spacing. The surrounding teeth may also deteriorate faster due to the increases in load on them. Placing a bridge to replace the space re-distributes the biting load and stabilises the teeth again.

The replacement tooth (or teeth) and crowns are fabricated and placed in the mouth as one non-removable unit called a fixed bridge.

If you have any further questions regarding crowns or bridges, please feel free to contact us by clicking here or calling us on (07) 3341 9770.

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