Crowns and Bridges
Crowns cover a damaged tooth above the gum line.
If a tooth is missing a large amount of structure above the gum line, a crown is usually the best restoration choice.
Crowns strengthen damaged teeth, allowing them to return to their natural function.
When crafted from today’s high-tech porcelains, crowns are indistinguishable from natural teeth.
They can even be designed to improve upon a tooth’s original looks.
Crowns can also be used to replace a missing tooth. This is accomplished with bridgework, which occupies the space of the missing tooth and requires at least three crowns.
Two of those crowns will be placed over healthy teeth, called abutment teeth, on either side of the missing tooth.
The two crowned abutment teeth support the third crown, called a pontic, placed between them. If many teeth are missing, more crowns will be needed to close the gap between the abutment teeth.
Bridges are prosthetic appliances, usually made of porcelain fused to metal to achieve both strength and a natural look, that replace missing teeth,.
Bridges consist of false teeth attached between two crowns. The teeth on both sides of the gap are prepared for these crowns, and the bridge is cemented into place.
In some cases it’s possible to use dental implants to replace the missing teeth rather than using the existing teeth. Once a bridge is fixed into position, it looks and works just like natural teeth.
When is a Crown or Bridge required?
Crowns and bridges are used to repair several different dental problems.
Uses of Dental Crowns
- Fractured or damaged tooth
- Too much tooth decay
- Severely discoloured tooth
- Deformed tooth
- Anchorage for dental bridges
Bridges are attached to replace missing tooth or teeth. They are also a solution when dentures are unsteady, painful, or aesthetically displeasing.
To find out if you’re a qualified candidate for a crown or bridge, it’s essential to have your Preston dentist assess you.
Once you’ve explained the result you would like to achieve, they will be able to tell you precisely what is and is not possible in your situation.
Crown and Bridge Care
Once your crown or bridge is fitted, it is essential to maintain a regular and effective oral hygiene routine.
Brush and floss your teeth twice or thrice a day. This will help avoid tooth decay.
Avoid sugary and sticky foods such as toffee and lollies, and don’t use your teeth for purposes other than chewing and biting on food – chewing pens, crunching ice, gnawing fingernails, and more.
Dental floss threaders, which look like a small brush, can be used to clean under the bridge.
Whether you have a crown or bridge, the most important thing is to visit your dentist for a check-up and clean regularly.
This way dental issues can be detected early, allowing them to be corrected before they become painful and expensive.
Crowns and Bridges at Preston Supreme Dental
Dental crowns and bridges acquired from Preston Supreme Dental are guaranteed safe, effective, and high-quality. You can also expect them to last for a long time.
Visit your trusted Preston dentist today!
We are located across from Woolworths Supermarket and beside Preston Market.
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We are located across Woolworths Supermarket and beside Preston Market
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)