CROWNS & BRIDGES

Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.

WHAT IS A CROWN?

  •  A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that restores a decayed, broken, weak or worn-down tooth.

HOW DO CROWNS WORK?

  •  A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function.

WHY MIGHT I NEED A CROWN?

  • We may recommend a crown for the following reasons:
    • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining.
    • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing.
    • Restore a fractured tooth.
    • Attach a bridge.
    • Cover a dental implant.
    • Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth.
    • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING TREATMENT?

  • Our dentists at Dorset House Dental will go through everything with you at the start of the treatment and will talk you through the stages as we treat you.
  • Usually two appointments are required, the first for tooth preparation and the second for the fitting of the permanent crown.
  • During the first visit we will taken Xrays of the tooth to ensure the roots of the tooth are healthy enough for hold a crown.
  • Administer a local anaesthetic which will numb the area we are working on.
  • Remove any damaged or decayed parts of the tooth using a handpiece before filing down your tooth to the required shape.
  • Then they will take an impression of the tooth and cavity and send it away to a Dental Technician to have your Crown bespoke and custom-made.
  • A temporary covering will be made for the tooth before you leave the surgery.
  • After 2 weeks we will have it ready to be fitted. Once we are happy with the shape, fit, and finish of the crown, we’ll cement it into place.
  • Finally, we’ll examine your bite and make any necessary adjustments before polishing the material to create a smooth finish and a fully functional tooth.

WHAT ARE CROWNS MADE OF?

  • Here at Dorset House Dental, we’ll always use the most appropriate material to ensure the long-term health of the tooth and the patient. We provide materials including ceramic, gold and metals.
  • Ceramic crowns are placed both at the front and the back of the mouth because they blend seamlessly with your natural tooth and give the best aesthetic appearance.
  • Metal and Gold crowns are placed towards the back of the mouth because of there durability and strength that can withstand chewing forces.

WHAT IS A BRIDGE?

  • A bridge is designed to replace a missing tooth – or in some cases, a few teeth.
  • It fixes a replacement tooth (or teeth) to one or more remaining natural teeth or implants. Some bridges have crowns at each end. Others are fixed to the surface of the teeth next to the gap. Sometimes a bridge is only fixed to the tooth on one side of the gap.

How Do Bridges Work?

  • Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments.

Why Might I Need a Bridge?

  • A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

What Happens during treatment?

  • Our dentists at Dorset House Dental will go through everything with you at the start of the treatment and will talk you through the stages as we treat you.
  • Usually two appointments are required, the first for tooth preparation and the second for the fitting of the permanent crown.
    • During the first visit we will taken Xrays of the tooth to ensure the roots of the tooth are healthy enough for hold a crown.
    • Administer a local anaesthetic which will numb the area we are working on.
    • Remove any damaged or decayed parts of the tooth using a handpiece before filing down your tooth to the required shape.
    • Then they will take an impression of the prepared teeth and send it away to a Dental Technician to have your Bridge bespoke and custom-made.
    • A temporary covering will be made for the teeth before you leave the surgery.
    • After 2 weeks we will have it ready to be fitted. Once we are happy with the shape, fit, and finish of the bridge, we’ll cement it into place.
    • Finally, we’ll examine your bite and make any necessary adjustments before polishing the material to create a smooth finish and a fully functional tooth.

What are Bridges Made of?

  • Here at Dorset House Dental, we’ll always use the most appropriate material to ensure the long-term health of the tooth and the patient. We provide materials including ceramic, gold and metals, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost.

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