Dental Crowns & Dental Bridges
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are restorations that cap or cover broken, worn, damaged or discoloured teeth.
They are frequently made from highly aesthetic and durable ceramic materials, though there is still a place for more traditional metal-ceramic or even gold restorations. Crowns are used to improve the strength and appearance of your teeth helping you maintain healthy, functional teeth and a pleasing smile for years to come.
Why Would I Need Dental Crowns Rather Than a Filling?
At Restore, we believe in minimally invasive dentistry so, where possible, we will opt for the most conservative option that achieves your goals and maintains the integrity of your tooth. Tooth coloured resin fillings offer excellent results in small-medium sized cavities. However, where destruction of the tooth is more extensive or the structure is significantly weakened or discoloured, a partial or full coverage crown may give the best long-term results. Dental crowns tend to be stronger and more durable than resin and may provide improved protection, particularly in root filled posterior teeth.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are restorations used to replace a missing tooth or teeth.
Conventionally, one tooth on each side of the gap is prepared. Just as with crowns, dental bridges are constructed from ceramic or metal-ceramic materials and bonded in place. The false tooth is therefore supported by crowns fixed to its neighbouring teeth. In some situations, an ‘adhesive bridge’ can be used. This reduces the need for preparation of adjacent teeth and relies on a ‘wing’ of ceramic or metal bonded to the adjacent tooth with a high strength resin.
All our crowns and bridges are custom made by skilled local technicians who work closely with your dentist or prosthodontist to achieve optimal results.
How Long Do Crowns and Bridges Last?
While the strength of the underlying teeth and your home maintenance will have a significant impact on longevity, clinical evidence and experience indicate that the average lifespan of ceramic restorations such as fixed crowns and bridges is 10-15 years. Adhesive bridges tend to have a slightly shorter lifespan but the compensation is that the underlying tooth structure has undergone minimal preparation. We will advise you on care of your ceramic restorations and recommend regular visits with your dentist and hygienist to maintain good oral health, particularly after crown and bridgework.If you have worn your teeth significantly through clenching and grinding (sometimes known as bruxism) we may recommend a night guard or occlusal splint to protect your ceramic restorations and remaining teeth from ongoing chipping and wear.