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All-ceramic Crowns and Bridges

A crown is a hand-made covering designed to perfectly fit over teeth that are misshapen, discoloured or weakened by damage or a large filling. Made to match your natural teeth in their size, shape and colour, an all-ceramic crown will restore the shape and strength of your tooth and will provide a very natural looking appearance to your smile.

When will I need a crown?

Your dentist may recommend a crown if:

  • You want to improve the appearance of a tooth
  • Your tooth is weakened by a very large filling
  • Your tooth is damaged
  • You have a root treated tooth which requires the protection of a crown
  • You have a bridge or denture which needs to be held in place

How is a crown prepared?

Your dentist will prepare the tooth to the ideal shape for the crown by removing some of the outer surface leaving a strong inner core. The amount of the tooth removed will be the same as the thickness of the crown . Once your tooth is prepared, the dentist will take an impression of the shaped tooth together with one from the opposite jaw, to record the bite. The dentists will also record the shade of your teeth and any other information needed for the crown to be made. A temporary crown will be made so that you can use the tooth while you wait for the crown to be made. This crown may be more noticeable but is only a temporary measure.

The impression of your tooth and the opposite jaw will be sent to a dental laboratory where a dental technician will use them to make plaster models. The crown is hand-crafted on the model to ensure a perfect fit. The colours and shape of your teeth are matched by building up the porcelain in layers.

How many appointments will I need to have a crown made?

It will take at least two appointments to have a crown made. The first one is to prepare your tooth, take impressions, record the shade of your teeth and fit a temporary crown. The second appointment is to fit the permanent crown. Once your dentist is happy with the fit and appearance of the new crown it will be fixed in place with special dental cement or adhesive. The cement forms a seal to hold the crown in place.

How do I care for my crown?

A crown can last many years provided it is properly looked after. The crown itself cannot decay, but decay can start where the edge of the crown joins the tooth. Therefore, it is important that you keep this area just as clean as you would your natural teeth and that you brush and floss crowns in the same way as your natural teeth. The dentist or hygienist can show you the most effective home care techniques. Regular check-ups with the dentist and hygienist are essential to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.

Bridges

What is a bridge?

A bridge is used to replace one or several missing teeth and is constructed by fitting crowns to the teeth on either side of the gap. Once a bridge is fitted it blends in with the natural teeth.

A bridge not only replaces missing teeth, it also supports the adjacent teeth. If a gap is left, the teeth on either side can tip into it over time, causing problems with the bite and even gum disease.

Bridges are only possible if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support.

Can I have bridge fitted straight after having a tooth removed?

In some people it can take up to 6 months for the gums to heal properly after an extraction. This means you may need to have a temporary denture for 6 months before a bridge is fitted.

How is a bridge prepared?

The teeth next to the gap are prepared in the same way as for crowns, i.e. by removing some of the outer surface of the teeth, leaving a strong inner core. Impressions of the prepared teeth will be taken as well as of the opposite jaw to record the bite. Temporary crowns will be fitted until the bridge can be cemented.

The dental technicians will use the impressions to make a plaster model upon which precious metal and porcelain will be hand-crafted to ensure a perfect fit. The porcelain will be built up in layers to match the shade, shape and fine detail of your natural teeth.

How do I look after my bridge?

You need to clean your bridge every day, to prevent problems such as bad breath and gum disease. Your dentist or hygienist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush cannot reach.

Natural looking

All ceramic crowns and bridges create an extremely natural-looking appearance. They do not leave a black line at the gum level as seen in so many conventional crowns. The tooth-coloured ceramic material is translucent, like the enamel of your natural teeth, and size and shade can be carefully matched to complement the rest of your smile.

 
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