Crowns and Bridges
Tooth-like porcelain or gold coverings to protect and secure worn, damaged teeth or to replace missing gaps.
Crowns are restorations that cover or cap teeth, restoring them to their natural size, shape, and colour. They are needed when there is a need to strengthen teeth that are mechanically weakened (e.g. teeth with large cavities).
Crowns may also be used for modifying the colour or position of teeth.
How much time before the whole process is completed?
Two visits are usually required to complete the process, assuming that root canal treatment is not required. The first visit is the consultation and tooth preparation, and the second visit involves the fitting of the permanent crown.
The treatment can be completed in usually completed in as little as two weeks or over a longer period (depending on when you are available to see the dentist for the fitting of the permanent crown). We usually do not recommend using the temporary crown for more than one month.
How long will the crown last?
Crowned teeth are no stronger or weaker than your own natural teeth. As a matter of fact, crowns are used for strengthening weakened teeth. With proper daily home care and regular professional maintenance (every 6 months check-up), crowned teeth will last for many years.
A bridge is a custom device anchored to adjacent teeth that replaces one or more missing teeth. Losing a permanent tooth – whether it is due to dental decay, periodontal (gum) disease, injury or accident – can cause many serious problems for your neighbouring teeth. The remaining teeth may begin to shift due to altered forces, the surrounding teeth also will deteriorate faster due to increased forces and stresses on them. Once the bridge is in place, the teeth are stable again.
A fixed bridge is commonly cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A false tooth (called a pontic) replaces the lost tooth. The pontic is attached to the crowns that cover the adjacent teeth. The crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.
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