Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices, unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily. Crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
Firstly, what is a crown?
A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the damaged tooth or remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. They are fixed prosthetic devices, unlike dentures. Dental crowns are also referred to as dental caps and improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth.
Crowns are also used on top of implant abutments to give a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Typically the main products crowns are made of are metal, porcelain or ceramic, which can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth.
Dental crowns will make your new tooth both strong and beautiful and also helps preserve the natural function and position of the teeth. This can also prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of position, restoring the strength and eliminate any discomfort. In addition, dental crowns may be used to anchor a dental bridge or to cap a dental implant post.
The life of a crown depends on the amount of wear and tear the crown is exposed to like chewing and biting forces, accidental trauma, and tooth grinding. Properly cared for crowns should last for many years. It is important to keep the crown just as clean as you would your natural teeth
The feeling of the new crown may take a few days to get use to but after that it will feel fine. Be mindful that you may need an adjustment if your bite feels different and seek an appointment for an adjustment. A crown generally takes two visits. The first visit is to take impressions, taking note of the shape and colour and also to fit a temporary crown. The second visit is when the permanent crown is fitted.
What is a bridge?
One or more missing teeth can adversely affect the appearance and functionality of your smile. Missing teeth can cause a change in occlusion (bite), shifting of the teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), speech impediments, an increased risk for periodontal disease and a greater chance of tooth decay.
Bridging the gap
A classic bridge comprises of two crowns, one on each side of the gap created by a missing tooth or teeth, and this false tooth fills the gap, and is attached to the crowns. These supporting teeth can be natural teeth or dental implants. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.
Consultation and Treatment Planning
Because bridges are considered ‘major dental’ work our team will make sure you have an appropriate length of time booked in. Usually 2 appointments are required. The first appointment is when the teeth will be prepared, and an impression is taken. The final bridge will be custom-made in the laboratory. Sometimes it may be necessary to create a temporary bridge to wear while the final bridge is being produced. Once the final bridge has been made, it is fitted and cemented into place.
Prices for bridge
The price for dental bridges can vary as it depends on several factors and if there are additional procedures needed to the adjoining teeth as well as the type of bridge used. If treatment is not covered by your dental insurance policy, or if you don’t have insurance, you may be eligible for our third-party Payment Plan provider that offers credit for dental services.
Bridges can last a lifetime, however, just as with your natural teeth, the durability of bridges depends on how well you look after them. By practicing good oral hygiene and return for regular dental check-ups and cleans, your bridge should last for many years to come.
Veneers are one of the most effective and popular restorative treatments to rejuvenate teeth. They are an excellent alternative for discoloured or chipped teeth and also for those gaps or slightly misaligned teeth. They can also correct the appearance of teeth that are too small, too big or teeth that have uneven surfaces.
Veneers involve minimal amount of tooth enamel being removed by light buffing in preparation for the porcelain, or resin which is sculptured and shaped to improve or straighten your natural smile. A colour or shade match is agreed upon. The material is highly aesthetic and looks and feels like a natural tooth.
We also offer combination therapy with our teeth whitening treatments, Invisalign or dental implants.