Crowns & Bridges
A crown is a custom made capping that is designed to fit over an existing tooth. Crowns are fitted when there is a need to:
- Strengthen a weak tooth or weak teeth.
- Protect the tooth after oral surgery such as root canal treatment during its restoration process.
- Cover up the appearance of discoloured or damaged teeth.
- Assist in the process of securing dentures.
Every crown is individually made for the tooth onto which it will be fitted and we can manufacture them from: gold alloy, ceramic, porcelain or porcelain bonded to precious metal.
The choice is down to our patient but we will recommend what we believe to be the most appropriate option. Ceramics tend to be the best, most natural looking crowns, while gold will last the longest. Whichever you choose we can guarantee that it will be individually manufactured to match the tooth and the surrounding teeth.
Dental bridges is a very apt name for the process we use to bridge a gap caused by a missing tooth or teeth with customised false teeth.
If you only require a single tooth or even if a few teeth are missing then a dental bridge can often be the perfect solution and it will very effectively restore your smile and make it easier and more comfortable to chew and eat by helping you to bite properly. In addition though a dental bridge will also help to maintain the shape of your face and because it is anchored to the adjoining teeth it will prevent them from moving out of position. As a bonus benefit a dental bridge can also improve your speech and by ‘filling the gap’ it will help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
At Better Dental we can offer you three types of dental bridge.
- Traditional Fixed Bridge. This is the most common type and to fix it we create a crown to go onto the tooth at each side of the gap. In between we anchor a bridge containing the false tooth or teeth. Generally this type of bridge is made from porcelain that is fused to metal or ceramics.
- Cantilever Bridge. We use this type of bridge when there is a firm anchor tooth only on one side of the gap and it ensures a solid, secure fixing.
- Resin Bonded Bridge. Sometimes these are also known as Maryland Bonded Bridges and they are made from a blend of plastics and porcelain that is bonded to a thin metal framework. Metal wings on each side are fixed to the inside of your existing adjacent teeth, which means we have to do very little preparatory work. We recommend this type of bridge for low impact areas because they do not have the impact strength of conventional bridges.