Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges
What is a Bridge?
A bridge is used to replace missing teeth. It is an artificial appliance that is usually used where there are only a few teeth to replace or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth. A fixed bridge is made by putting crowns on the teeth at either side of the space, and then joining these two crowns together by placing a false tooth in the space. This is cemented into place and cannot be removed for cleaning.
Another option is an adhesive bridge, this has wings that are bonded to the back of the supporting teeth with very little drilling involved.
Can I always have a bridge to replace missing teeth?
Bridges are only possible if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support. Your dentist will advise you on the best option.
What are bridges made from?
Bridges are usually made of porcelain bonded to precious metal. There are also new bridges made entirely of a special type of strong porcelain.
How do I look after my bridge?
You need to clean your bridge every day. Your dentist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss, as a normal toothbrush will not be able to reach under the bridge.
Please take a look at our case studies for before and after pictures.
What is a crown?
A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’.
Why would I need a crown?
Crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. A crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for instance:
You may have discoloured fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth.
You may have had a root filling which may need a crown to protect what is left of the tooth
It may hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.
What is a crown made of?
Crowns can be made of a variety of different material;s and new materials are continually being introduced. Some of the options we use are listed below:
-porcelain bonded to precious metal, this is what a lot of crowns are made from.
-porcelain crowns, not as strong as a bonded crown but they can look very natural and we use them most often for front teeth.
-All ceramic crowns, this modern technique gives a metal free alternative which csan give thew strength of a bonded crown with the appearance of a porcelain crown. Therefore it is suitable for all areas of the mouth.
-Gold alloy crowns, gold is one of the oldest filling materials. Today it is used with other alloys to increase its strength, which makes it very hardwearing.
How is a crown prepared?
The dentist will prepare the tooth to the ideal shape for the crown. This will involve removing of the outer surface, and leaving a strong inner core. Once the tooth is shaped the dentist will take an impression (mould) of the prepared tooth to send to the dental lab for the crown to be made.
Does it hurt to have a tooth prepared for a crown?
No. A local anaesthetic is used and the preparation should feel no different to a crown.
What will happen between visits?
A temporary crown will be made so that you can use the tooth while you wait for the crown to be made.
How long does the treatment take?
Usually two visits, the first for the preparation, impression and shade taking. The second to fit the crown.
Depending on the type of crown selected prices start at £350.