A crown is a single prosthetic that resembles the visible part of a tooth. This ‘cap’ is placed just above the gum line completely covering the existing tooth. The function of the crown is to enhance its strength, appearance and structure and can be used:
A dental bridge is one or more prosthetic teeth that fills the gap left by a missing tooth or multiple teeth. Bridges are attached to existing healthy teeth on each side of the gap using crowns. A dental bridge can be a suitable treatment solution when dentures are loose, uncomfortable or lacking aesthetically, or when dental implants are not a viable option.
Crowns and bridges can be made of various materials depending on which tooth needs replacing and where it's located in the mouth. If a front tooth needs replacing, it’s important that it's made from translucent material that can blend in with existing teeth for a natural look. If it’s a molar, strength and durability are the more important factors for withstanding biting and chewing.
A dentist can assess your suitability for a crown or bridge during a comprehensive examination. First the dentist reviews your medical history to rule out any systemic conditions that might compromise treatment and then they’ll check your teeth, gums and soft tissues and take some diagnostic radiographs for a better picture of your oral health.
There are a number of steps involved in placing a crown, like all other treatment options we begin by confirming your suitability, then:
The process for placing a bridge begins similarly to placing a crown, starting with your suitability, then:
Dental bridges can last on average between 5 to 15 years depending on the level of wear and tear, your oral health habits and how well you're able to maintain your oral hygiene.
If you want to know more about crown and bridge treatments, our experienced dentists in East Victoria Park can recommend the most suitable options for you. Call 08 9470 3944 to schedule a consultation or book online.
The cost of bridges or good quality partial dentures are comparatively inexpensive to dental implants, although dental implants are considered the preferred option for replacing missing teeth. Each treatment option has pros and cons to consider, so it’s important to see a dentist to understand whether a crown or bridge is the right treatment choice for your needs or whether another treatment option may be more suitable. Other missing tooth solutions include:
Contact our team today to find out whether you might be a candidate for a crown or bridge or if you could benefit from other missing tooth solutions.
Once your smile has been restored with a crown or bridge, it’s important to keep a good oral hygiene routine to maintain your oral health. This includes getting the right tools, using a fluoridated toothpaste, keeping regular check-ups, avoiding smoking and consuming foods and drink that can stain teeth.
A dental crown (or cap) is a restoration fitted over an existing tooth to restore its appearance, strength and function. Crowns are used in general and cosmetic dentistry and are often used in other dental procedures, such as root canal treatment or to support a dental bridge. Crowns are usually made from porcelain (ceramic) and or zirconia depending on whether the tooth sits at the front or back of the mouth.
A badly damaged tooth that cannot be saved may require a crown supported by a dental implant. In some cases, it’s possible to replace a single tooth with immediate implant placement on the same day it’s removed.
A dental bridge is one or more prosthetic teeth that fills the gap left by missing teeth. Bridges are attached to existing healthy teeth on either side of the gap by crowns. Bridges can be made from porcelain and or zirconia depending on what type of tooth is being replaced.
A bridge secured by dental implants can provide more durability than traditional bridges and avoids wearing down adjacent teeth that support the bridge.
A dental crown can repair or restore a tooth that's been damaged by decay, injury or a dental treatment or worn down by acid or teeth grinding (bruxism). Crowns may also be used to change the appearance of a tooth.
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge may be supported by crowns fitted over the adjacent teeth. Want to know more? Contact our friendly team at EVP Dental or book an appointment today.
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