Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crowns

Crowns are “caps” that fully cover or encircle a tooth portion or implant. They strengthen and protect your remaining tooth structure. The appearance of your smile will dramatically improve also.

Your dentist may recommend the placement of a crown if your damaged tooth is: fractured, contains a large filling, has had root canal treatment or is severely damaged by decay.
There are three types of crowns – the all-porcelain crown, the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown and the all-metal crown. Two visits are required to fit your crown. During your initial visit, our dentist will prepare your teeth to receive a crown and fit a temporary crown.

Crown Preparation

Dental Crown

During your follow up visit, your Choice dentist will:

  • remove the temporary crown
  • fit and adjust the final crown
  • cement the final crown into place

Your dentist will colour match your crown to your teeth.
Note: If you are also considering whitening your teeth, then discuss tooth whitening options with our dentists – before your crown is made. Bleaching products don’t affect the colour of crowns. So it is important that your natural teeth are whitened first. After the desired shade has been reached, our dentists can finalise a match of your crown colour with your overall teeth colour.

Dental Bridges

If one or more of your teeth are missing, the surrounding teeth can start drifting out of position. When your teeth move out of position, there can be: a change in your bite, the loss of other teeth, decay and gum disease. When tooth loss occurs, your dentist may recommend the placement of a bridge.

A bridge is a dental prosthetic designed to “bridge” over the gap left by a missing tooth. The two teeth (on either side of the missing tooth) act as supports for both ends of this dental bridge.

When our dentists place a bridge, they cover the teeth on both sides of the gap with crowns (caps). Then they attach an artificial tooth (pontic) to these crowns.

Dental Crown and Bridges Procedures
Dental Bridges

During your follow up visit, your Choice dentist will:

  • remove the temporary bridge
  • place, adjust and cement the permanent fixed bridge

He will also provide you with special home care instructions. Read them carefully to ensure the long-term life of your newly fitted bridge.