Crowns and Bridges
Are your teeth broken or cracked?
Crowns and Bridges could be the right option to restore your radiant smile.
Crowns are an alternative to restore the entire tooth were a filling is not suitable. The crown covers the whole tooth and is accordingly shaped and coloured to match the original.
Why would I need a Crown?
If you have a problem tooth that is broken or too large to fill, a crown can restore the foundations and appearance of the tooth. A crown is custom made by the Dentist to fit neatly over the original tooth. Were large decay or fillings have broken a tooth, a crown will promote strength. If you have more than one tooth missing, bridging may be required to fill the area.
A broken or cracked tooth cannot be fixed with a filling, so the tooth needs to be protected with a crown (or cap). Crowns can also be used in conjunction with implants to replace a lost tooth. Crowns can also protect a tooth that has already undergone extensive dental work.
Crown and Bridging Procedure
The existing tooth may undergo an X-ray to assess any impairment before treatment. Your dentist will then re-shape the existing tooth in preparation for the new crown. A mould is then taken of the original tooth after it is shaped. The crown will take up to one or two weeks before it is ready, so a temporary crown will be affixed to the tooth before the final crown is fitted.
Crowns protect heavily restored teeth and prevent further fracturing.
A full crown may be necessary:
If a tooth has had root canal therapy
A substantial portion of the tooth structure has been lost
If the tooth is fractured
Or old restorations have open leaky margins and decay
This also requires 2 visits, and a laboratory technician is involved in the process.