Cosmetic Dentistry

Crowns & Bridges

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When Might I Require a Crown?

Crowns are sometimes called caps and cover up a tooth that has been badly damaged and which has lost too much of its original structure to be restored with composite resin restorations or with an inlay or onlay. A crown protects the tooth, sealing it completely so bacteria cannot penetrate and damage the remaining structure.

When Might I Need a Bridge?

Bridges are used to bridge the gaps left by missing teeth. A bridge is supported by crowns on the adjacent teeth, usually on one tooth either side of the space. The crowns are attached to the replacement teeth which are called pontics. This results in a very life-like and strong restoration. Bridges are a very effective way to replace missing teeth, particularly when the adjacent teeth will benefit from being crowned and may already have some damage or large restorations.

How are Crowns and Bridges Fabricated?

After the teeth are prepared, a detailed impression is taken and is used by our on-site dental laboratory to fabricate your new restoration to our exact specifications. Crowns and bridges can have a substructure made from precious metal alloys and which is covered up with tooth coloured porcelains, or they may be made entirely from ceramics. Our all-ceramic restorations are perfect for situations where aesthetics are extremely important as they are able to closely replicate the translucency and liveliness of natural teeth.

We Encourage Questions

Any recommended treatments are always fully explained and we actively encourage questions. You can rest assured it will never be too much trouble as we want you to have all the knowledge required to make informed choices about your dental care. This is absolutely essential in building trust so you can have complete confidence in your dental care.