If you have missing, cracked or damaged teeth, a crown or bridge may help to restore your smile and your confidence.
Made of porcelain or composite resin materials, crowns and bridges can be matched to the colour of your teeth, letting them blend in seamlessly.
Crowns and bridges are effective ways to restore missing/damaged teeth.
Reasons your tooth may require a crown include:
- Dental trauma resulting in a cracked or broken tooth
- Cosmetic imperfections
- Tooth undergone root canal treatment
- Tooth weakened due to decay, clenching or grinding
Crowns are artificial teeth made to replace missing tooth structure. They are made of porcelain or ceramic that can be colour and texture-matched to your existing teeth.
They fit like a cap atop the new shape and is cemented into position.
Dental bridges are crowns joined together; they may be used when a person has one or multiple missing teeth.
They are used to “bridge” the gap and replace the missing teeth to prevent problems that may arise from having a gap, hence the name.
Bridges are attached to the natural teeth or dental implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth (abutments) serve as anchors that hold the bridge in place.
A replacement tooth (pontic) is placed to the crowns that cap the abutments.
Like crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your Wantirna South dentist can help you decide which material to use.
Crowns and bridges must be created and moulded for each person and each tooth.
Making a crown usually requires two appointments with your dentist.
On the first appointment, the existing tooth is prepared to receive a crown, moulds and impressions are taken, and a temporary crown is placed over the treated tooth.
On your next visit, the temporary crown is removed and replaced by your new custom-made and permanent dental crown. The permanent crown is fitted and cemented into place, providing a long-term, natural-looking aesthetic solution.
Dental crowns can be constructed from different kinds of materials. Your Wantirna South dentist will discuss which material will be most appropriate for your situation.
On your initial appointment, the abutment teeth are shaped by removing a portion of enamel and dentin to make room for the crown. Impressions of your teeth are then created.
Your Wantirna South dentist will place a temporary bridge while your bridge is being fabricated in a dental laboratory.
On your next appointment, the temporary bridge will be removed, and the new permanent bridge will be adjusted to achieve the perfect fit.
If the bridge is fixed, your Wantirna South dentist may bond it in place for a few days, making sure it fits perfectly. When the final fit is achieved, the bridge is permanently bonded in place.
Crown and Bridge Care
Once they are fitted, make sure that you need to maintain regular oral hygiene like brushing your teeth at least two times or more a day and avoid the consumption of sticky foods.
Crowns and Bridges in Wantirna South
If you have one or multiple teeth worn out, damaged, or compromised by cavities, your Wantirna South dentist can fix it with custom-made, lifelike crowns and bridges.
If you are planning to regain your smile through crowns and bridges, call us at (03) 9800 2338.
We are located at 87 Stud Road in Wantirna South. We will attend to you with utmost urgency and care.