What Is a Crown?
A crown may sometimes be called a cap and is designed to cover up a tooth right down to just below your gum line. This completely seals the tooth from bacterial infection and is used when a tooth is quite badly damaged, perhaps through trauma or decay and has lost too much of its structure to be restored through a filling. The crown protects the tooth while restoring its correct shape and size. We can create beautifully strong porcelain crowns using the very latest materials to closely replicate and blend in with your teeth. These may have a metal substructure that is covered with porcelain, or they can be all-ceramic.
What Is the Procedure for Having a Bridge?
The procedure for having a bridge fitted is very similar to having a crown as our dentist will need to prepare your teeth for crowns before taking an impression to send to our dental laboratory. In the meantime we can supply temporary crowns or if the missing teeth are in a highly visible area, a temporary bridge.
What Is the Procedure for Having a Crown?
The procedure for a crown is very straightforward and can be carried out under local anaesthetic. Our dentist will need to remove any damaged tooth structure and will carefully shape the tooth so there is sufficient room for your new crown to be made. This helps ensure that the crown isn’t too bulky so it should look and feel great. Once the tooth is prepared, we’ll take a very detailed impression that is sent to our dental laboratory. It normally takes a couple of weeks for a crown to be made and in the meantime we will protect your tooth with a temporary crown. Your new crown can be fitted on your next visit. Alternatively, we may suggest you have a CEREC crown. This is a porcelain crown that will be made while you wait using the latest CAD/CAM technology, resulting in a beautiful, high quality restoration in just one visit.
What Is a Bridge?
A bridge is used to restore one or more missing teeth in the same area of your mouth. This restoration is supported by crowns on the teeth adjacent to the gap and the crowns are attached to the replacement teeth, each of which is called a pontic. The pontic will rest on your gums, creating a natural appearance. Your bridge can be made with a metal substructure that is covered up with porcelain, or you can opt for an all-ceramic bridge that will be entirely metal free. This can be a nice choice for replacing front teeth as all-ceramic bridges can replicate the ‘liveliness’ of natural teeth extremely well.
If you are considering a crown or a bridge, please give us a call on (02) 4647 5555. We are located at Shop 36, 11-13 Main St, Mount Annan NSW 2567.
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