Crowns and Bridges

A crown is placed on a tooth that is badly broken or heavily filled to strengthen it and restore the appearance and bite. In other instances your dentist may be able to see that your tooth is likely to need a crown due to the extent of the decay, or because it needs root canal treatment. Crowns are also used to improve the appearance of teeth especially where the tooth already has a crown that may look unsightly such as the wrong colour or the margin or joint visible near the gum.

Crowns require some tooth preparation, or if very little tooth is remaining and the tooth has had root canal treatment then the root is prepared for a post or peg. impressions are taken using a rubber-like material and sent to a laboratory along with the shade and then a technician makes the crown. A temporary crown is made by the dentist and fitted on the tooth with temporary cement after the impression has been taken. The new crown is ready about 2 weeks later and is fixed on permanently.

Bridges are used for replacing missing teeth, for people who don't want a denture and usually only have one or two teeth missing. They are usually made by crowning the teeth on either side of the gap and joining the two crowns together by attaching a false tooth is the middle. They are fixed in the same way as crowns.

Another option is an adhesive bridge and this has a wing that bonded to the back of the supporting tooth with very little or sometimes no drilling involved.
The supporting tooth is roughened and the bridge is fitted using a very strong dental cement.

Crowns and bridges can be made from a variety of different materials such as metal alloy or porcelain bonded to metal alloy. New materials are continually being introduced which increase the choice of metal free tooth coloured options that are strong and look very natural. There are new bridges made entirely from porcelain that are strong enough to be used for back teeth as well as the front.

Your dentist will explain different crown and bridge options, the risks and benefits and alternatives, so that you make a fully informed decision.

  • Dental Crowns
  • Dental Bridges

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Two fixed bridges to replace the upper lateral incisor teeth on both sides.

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Porcelain bonded to gold alloy crowns to treat badly worn teeth that affected the smile and made the face sag. The wear had got so bad that nerves were almost exposed.

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Porcelain crown used to treat decayed tooth. If the tooth is not so badly decayed then it will usually be possible to achieve an excellent result with a more conservative approach using bonded tooth coloured filling.

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“I've had a full range of treatments, including root canals, crowns, fillings, dental implants over the course of two years. On my first appointment, I was extremely nervous but Mohan soon put all those fears aside. I didn't rush my treatment, but planned it to suit my work and holidays, so the process took around two years from start to finish. However, the results are truly amazing – not only aesthetically; but psychologically too. I've gone from someone who hid their smile to someone who is always showing off my teeth and I receive so many compliments about them.”

Ashley Riches, Richmond

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