Crowns serve many purposes in modern dentistry. There are several options and many factors need to be considered before commencing treatment.
Why may you need a crown?
- Crowns can be used for cosmetic purposes.
- Crowns can be placed over teeth that are cracked or have been weakened by decay, trauma or root canal treatment.
- Crowns can be used successfully to rebuild or rejuvenate a smile or a worn down dentition.
What is a crown?
A crown is a cap-like casing which fits over a carefully and meticulously prepared natural tooth. They can be made from gold/precious metal alloys, porcelain fused to a metal alloy or full porcelain. If it is necessary for a tooth to be strengthened with a crown, at least two appointments will be required. The first visit, impressions will be taken and the tooth prepared. A temporary crown will be placed for protection before you leave. The next appointment will be 2 to 3 weeks later, the temporary crown is removed and the final crown cemented and adjusted.
The placement of a dental bridge is a popular and effective way of replacing missing teeth. As with crowns there are several options and many factors to consider before commencing treatment.
Why may you need a dental bridge?
- To replace a missing tooth or teeth
- Provides greater function to assist with chewing and speech
What is a bridge?
A bridge is secured by crowns on either side of a space and fills the area with a high quality porcelain prosthetic replacement. If a bridge is a suitable treatment option to restore your smile, the process of appointments will be similar to those required for Crowns.
As there are a whole range of factors that need to be considered with crown and bridge treatment Dr Charlie Kahwagi and Dr Geoffrey Storey with their years of experience will discuss all of the relevant options with you.