A crown is a cap placed over a damaged tooth to strengthen the tooth and allow it to retain normal functionality.
A bridge is a fixed device to replace a missing tooth.
Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns & bridges are types of cosmetic dental treatments that restore the appearance and function of natural teeth.
A porcelain crown is a tooth shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength and improve its appearance. It protects the underlying tooth and reinforces it.
Dental crowns are needed for teeth that have had a root canal treatment, cracked or weakened teeth or teeth that are so decayed that a regular filling is insufficient.
All types of crowns are fabricated at an external laboratory, where special techniques are used to design and construct a crown that will perfectly fit your tooth.
At the first appointment with your dentist, your tooth will be prepared to the desired shape and moulds will be taken. A temporary cap will be placed over the prepared tooth to protect it and prevent any movement.
At the second appointment 2 weeks later, the crown will be fitted and bonded in place using a resin cement.
Crowns perform just like your natural teeth.
While they are very durable, you still need to maintain good dental hygiene and to brush and floss the crown just as you would with your natural teeth. With regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene at home, a crown should last for 10-25 years.
The dental bridge procedure is a restorative dental treatment to replace missing teeth. The bridge fills the gap in the mouth between healthy teeth or dental implants on either side to restore both the function and appearance of teeth.
Dental bridges are a fixed alternative to replace teeth. We choose dental bridges based on several factors that include the position of the dental gap, the quality and condition of the adjacent teeth.
The artificial teeth are anchored onto the adjacent teeth for support. It can also improve your speech, bite and help keep the shape of your facial bone structure when you replace missing teeth.
Dental bridge treatment process
First Appointment: Teeth Preparation and Temporary Bridge Placement
Most bridges rest on the healthy teeth either side of the gap, which are known as abutment teeth. In order to prepare these teeth for the placement of a dental bridge, it is necessary to shape them for the bridge which is to be fitted. Local anesthetic is used to ensure patient comfort throughout this procedure.
The first step is to file the abutment teeth into an appropriate shape for the bridge to be placed. Impressions of the shaped teeth are then made and sent to a dental laboratory for the construction of the bridge. The prosthetics should be closely matched in colour to the surrounding natural teeth for aesthetic purposes, so a sample colour should be taken at this point.
In some cases, a dental implant may be needed to anchor the bridge, particularly if the teeth on either side of the gap are not strong enough to support the bridge by themselves.
Some patients may be fitted with a temporary bridge, which is typically made out of filling material and functions to protect the shaped teeth from damage while the permanent bridge is being constructed. This can later be removed when the permanent bridge is ready to be placed in the mouth.
Second Appointment: Permanent Bridge Placement
The second appointment in the dental bridge procedure may take place as soon as the unique appliance has been made and is ready to be placed. Once again, local anesthetic is usually applied at the beginning of this appointment to increase patient comfort.
Before the permanent dental bridge can be placed, the temporary one should be removed and, if necessary, the underlying teeth cleaned. Dental cement can then be used to fix the dental bridge in place on the abutment teeth.
The results can then be seen and the patient can experience what it feels like on biting the teeth together gently. While it should be expected that the bridge feels unfamiliar at first, this usually wears off quickly. There may be need for a few final adjustments to the bridge in some cases.
Aftercare and follow up is very important in the dental bridge procedure to ensure that the patient knows what to expect and understands how to care for their new dental bridge. For this reason, the dentist should take some time to explain the particulars of the dental bridge, including the recommended oral care and when to seek dental advice. With recommended maintenance, a dental bridge often lasts longer than ten years.
About St George’s Dental
The dentists at St George’s Dental pride themselves in the highest level of patient care.
Our patients come from all around the local area for their dental treatments. If you live in the following areas – we would love to become your dentist.
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