Having a tooth or even several teeth that require repair can be a knock to your confidence. It can also make it more difficult to maintain your oral health. Crowns and bridges are two of the most common treatments used to repair teeth. If you have a tooth that is cracked, decayed, or weakened by damage, a crown or bridge can fix it. They fit onto the tooth to help reshape, strengthen and realign damaged teeth. Our skilled dentists offer crowns and bridges to patients who need them. Get in touch to ask about what a crown or bridge can do for you.
What are Crowns and Bridges?
Crowns and bridges are both methods of repairing a tooth or teeth by fitting material onto the tooth. A dental crown is a cap that covers one tooth, while a bridge helps to fill the gap left by a missing or damaged tooth. The bridge is fitted onto more than one tooth to hold a prosthetic tooth in place. Crowns and bridges can be matched to the color of your teeth with some materials. Crowns and bridges are made by first making the tooth or teeth smaller so that the new part can be fitted. The dentist takes an impression of your teeth, which is sent to a lab so they can make a crown or bridge that fits.
Materials used for Crowns and Bridges
We mainly use porcelain or zirconia to make our private crowns and bridges. Other materials you might find include gold and metal alloys, ceramic, and acrylic. However, we choose to use porcelain and zirconia because they offer a more natural look to our patients. When your dentist takes an impression of your teeth, they will also match the color of your teeth. With porcelain and zirconia, your crown or bridge can be closely matched, which isn’t possible when using metals or other materials. Zirconia offers a more solid option that can last longer than a porcelain bridge or crown.
Why Crowns or Bridges?
If you want to have a tooth repaired, there are other dental options. So why should you choose a crown or bridge over other choices? Crowns and bridges have been used for a long time, and they are a standard form of dental restoration. They are excellent solutions for tackling a range of problems, from missing teeth to discolouration or misshapen teeth. They are often the cheapest option available too.
The benefits of having Crowns and Bridges fitted
There is a range of benefits to having a crown or bridge fitted to repair your teeth. They last a long time and are quick to install too. With the materials we use, you can ensure you get a natural look from your dental work. You might choose to have a crown or bridge if you want to replace discolored fillings, protect a root filling, hold a denture in place or simply repair a broken tooth.
Make an enquiry with us today to find out if a crown or bridge is the right treatment for you. You can discuss your options with a member of our team.