CROWN AND BRIDGE
CROWNS AND BRIDGES
You may be fitted with a crown to support a tooth and minimise its chance of fracturing. Crowns are also used for aesthetic reasons: to change the shape or colour of a tooth, for example.
Dental crowns (often referred to as dental caps or tooth caps) cover and encase a tooth that’s broken or decayed. They will strengthen and improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth.
When tooth decay is visible above the gum line, a tooth-coloured filling may not be enough to correct the decay. A crown can be used to cover the tooth, preserving it and prolonging its life. But if the decay has extended into the root, you may also need endodontic work to preserve your jawbone and surrounding teeth.
The best type of crown for you will depend on your preference and which tooth is involved. Crowns may be made of:
Porcelain bonded to metal
Having a dental crown fitted typically requires two visits. During the first, the dentist will take moulds of your tooth or teeth and make a temporary crown for you to wear. During this appointment, the dentist will prepare and shape your tooth ready for the crown. And you’ll have the opportunity to provide feedback regarding the fit.
During the second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and clean your tooth before applying the new crown. The shape, size, colour, and surface characteristics of your crown will be precisely matched to the surrounding teeth. And once your crown is in place, the dentist will check the fit to ensure it performs as much like a real tooth as normal.
Your dentist will teach you how to care for your new crown, giving you tips on maintaining good oral hygiene to properly care for your custom covering.
A dental bridge is just like a crown except that your teeth support it on either side. Just like a crown, a bridge may treat multiple teeth. And, created with the same materials and care as a single crown, a bridge looks just as realistic as a crown.