Crowns or bridges can help to restore your teeth and prevent unsightly gaps and risk of further problems caused by damaged or decaying teeth.
What is a crown?
A crown is a type of dental restoration that completely caps or encircles a tooth. It may be needed when a large cavity threatens the health of a tooth. The tooth is repaired by shaving the problematic tooth down and placing a prosthetic crown over the top to provide a healthy and natural looking tooth. This type of treatment usually requires 2 appointments.
There are various types of crowns.
These can be made of different types of metal including gold. Metal crowns withstand biting and chewing forces well and probably last the longest in terms of wear down. In addition to this, metal crowns rarely chip or break. However, the metallic colour and the high price of gold is the main drawback. It could be a good choice for out-of-sight molars.
This is an option that is more aesthetically pleasing. However, more wearing to the opposing teeth occurs with this crown type compared with metal or resin crowns. The crown’s porcelain portion can also chip or break off. Sometimes the metal underlying the crown’s porcelain can show through as a dark line, especially at the gum line and even more so if your gums recede. These crowns can be a good choice for front or back teeth as well as long bridges where the metal is needed for strength.
All ceramic or all porcelain dental crowns provide better natural colour match than any other crown type and may be more suitable for people with metal allergies. All-ceramic crowns can be used for front and back teeth.
What is a bridge?
A bridge is a fixed dental restoration (fixed dental prosthesis) used to replace one or more missing teeth by joining an artificial tooth definitively to adjacent teeth. Its sole purpose is to replace the missing teeth, but unlike dentures it will remain in place and not be removable.
Like a crown, your bridge can be made from a choice of materials. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the best choice for your needs.
Complete Smiles offer crowns and bridges as an effective option for patients, and our Dentists can evaluate your suitability following a full examination.
For more information regarding this treatment give us a call, 020 4541 1150 and we will be more than happy to assist you in any way.