Dental crowns and bridges

Dental crowns and bridges from Beenleigh Marketplace Dental

For badly damaged teeth, dental crowns can be an effective treatment option. The dental crown procedure uses tooth-shaped coverings to restore strength and eliminate discomfort. In addition, dental crowns may be used to anchor a dental bridge or to cap a dental implant post. The type of crown utilised during your dental crown procedure will depend on your unique needs and the recommendation of your dentist.

Metal Crowns

Crowns made of metal can be an ideal option for repairing decayed or damaged back teeth. They are extremely durable and can be applied with less removal of the natural tooth than ceramic crowns.

All Ceramic Crowns

All ceramic crowns are usually used for upper front incisors. The tooth-coloured ceramic material is translucent, like the enamel of your natural teeth, and size and shade can be carefully matched to complement the rest of your smile. Ceramic dental crowns are not as resilient as metal crowns and do not function as well on back teeth, which sustain a lot of pressure from biting and chewing.

Porcelain fused to Metal Crowns

Dental crowns made of porcelain fused to metal are stronger than all-ceramic versions and more aesthetically pleasing than those made of metal.

Bridge

A bridge can be used to replace several missing teeth, helping to restore your smile. It’s also known as a pontic, which is fused to the teeth surrounding a space left by missing teeth. Between two crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth. Bridges can help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech.

The dental crown and bridge process

A dental crown or bridge takes two to three appointments to place and the process is very similar for the two treatments. The first appointment is the consultation in which your dentist will talk to you about your options and explain process.

The second appointment is where an impression of your damaged tooth or surrounding teeth is taken and then prepared for the restoration. A temporary crown is placed and the impression of your tooth is sent to the lab where your permanent crown or bridge will be fabricated.

At your final appointment, the temporary restoration is removed and the permanent one is cemented in place.

Individuals may be interested in replacing old dental crowns for a number of reasons. Other times, dental crown problems like wear, decay, or poor fit may lead patients to inquire about replacing older dental crowns. Typically, patients should expect to replace their dental crowns after approximately 10 years.

If you would like to know more, or to book an appointment, please contact us today.