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CROWNS AND BRIDGES

Treatments for damaged and missing teeth

If you have one or more missing teeth, we might recommend you get artificial replacements. Crowns and bridges are both treatments for filling gaps and improving the appearance of your smile.

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Before and After

This patient had old, discoloured crowns and root canal treated teeth. Treatment was to replace the crowns, matching the colour of the new crowns with the patient’s existing teeth.

This patient wanted to improve the look of her smile. Treatment was to replace the existing crowns and reduce the gap between the front teeth.

The patient had discoloured front teeth plus a gap and abscess. After treating the gums and abscess and completing root canal treatment and whitening to the front teeth, a bridge was made to fill the gap.

CROWNS

What are they?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover that either fits over a damaged tooth or attaches to the abutment of an implant. Dental glue or cement is usually used to affix the restoration. Crowns can be used for the following reasons:

  • Restore a broken or damaged tooth
  • Strengthen a weakened tooth
  • When a filling isn’t an option
  • Approve aesthetics
  • Reinforce a tooth seal after a root canal

Crowns

Bespoke Crowns Fitted for You

Crowns can be made from a variety of materials including porcelain and different alloys of metal, and the cost of your crown will depend on the material used.

Your crowns will be made at a dental laboratory, but first we need to prepare your tooth/teeth and take an impression of the tooth/teeth to send to the laboratory for them to make your prosthetic. Whilst you await your permanent crown, we will place a temporary crown, so you are not left feeling self-conscious by the unfinished treatment. Finally, when we have received your crown from the laboratory, we will arrange an appointment for you to come into the practice for the fitting.

Crowns generally have a long lifespan of many years and should be cared for in just the same way as regular teeth by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

Please see our fees page for pricing information on crowns or contact us to book a free consultation.

BRIDGES

What are they?

A dental bridge is a dental prosthesis that ‘bridges’ the gap between two teeth and is great for filling gaps where one or more teeth are missing.

There are different types of dental bridges. The most common type is a fixed bridge, which consists of a crown on either side of one or two artificial teeth. The crowns fit over the neighbouring teeth, thus securing the bridge in place. One downside of this sort of bridge is that adjacent teeth must be filed down for the crowns to fit. 

Again, like the crowns, bridges are made by preparing your tooth or teeth and taking an impression which is sent off to a dental laboratory so they can fabricate the bespoke bridge. We will place a temporary bridge whilst we wait for the laboratory, and then you will return for the final fitting, where we will cement your new bridge in place. Thanks to modern technology, both crowns and bridges can now have natural translucency to provide a more natural looking appearance, which is metal free.

Bridges

How Long Do Bridges Last?

Bridges typically last many years but may become loose or need readjusting. If this occurs a simple visit to Carew Dental will be necessary to refit the bridge in your mouth. To avoid sensitivity, trapped food, or infection under the bridge, excellent oral hygiene really is essential, and patients opting for this treatment are advised to take extra care with brushing and flossing. Please see our fees page for pricing information on bridges or contact us to book a free consultation.

A bridge can also be attached to dental implants to replace three or four missing teeth in a row. Please see the dental implants page for further information.

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