Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are used when the tooth structure is damaged or fractured. Bridges are used when one or more teeth are missing.
Crowns are caps to damaged teeth that are manufactured to look like your tooth. Crowns are usually required when a root canal treatment is performed, or some trauma happens to the tooth to make it weak.
Crowns strengthen and protect the tooth and root. Your dentist will shape the tooth remaining, and fit you with a temporary crown. After a few weeks, you will return to have the full crown placed permanently. Crowns typically last 20 or more years.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth when the nearby teeth are sturdy enough to support the missing tooth. Bridges come in three types: conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded bridges.
When are crowns or bridges required?
Crowns and bridges are used to fix several different dental problems.
Crowns can be used when:
- a tooth is cracked or damaged
- too much decay has weakened a tooth
- a tooth is severely stained or discoloured
- a tooth is misshapen
- a dental bridge needs support.
Advantages of Crowns and Bridges in Gosnells
- Restores and maintains the bite
- Keeps opposing teeth in their proper place
- Prevents shifting of adjacent teeth
- Discourages further decay and periodontal (gum) disease
- Enhances your smile, speech, and chewing function
Crowning or Capping a Tooth
Examining and preparing the tooth
- On your first visit, your Gosnells dentist may take a few X-rays to check the root and surrounding bone of the tooth receiving the crown.
- Your dentist will anaesthetise the tooth and the gum tissues around the tooth.
- Next, the tooth is filed down along the chewing surface and sides to make room for the crown.
- After reshaping your tooth, your dentist will use paste, putty, or a digital scanner to make impressions of the tooth to receive the crown.
- The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory where the crown will be manufactured.
- Your dentist will place a temporary crown to cover the prepared tooth while the crown is being manufactured.
Receiving the permanent dental crown
At the second visit, your Gosnells dentist will remove the temporary crown and check the fit and colour of the permanent crown.
- On your first visit, the abutment teeth are reshaped by removing a portion of enamel and dentin to allow crowns to be placed over them.
- Next, impressions of your teeth are created.
- Your dentist will make and place a temporary bridge while your bridge is being manufactured.
- During your second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed, and the new permanent bridge will be adjusted to achieve a proper fit.
- If the dental bridge is fixed, your dentist may cement it in place for a few weeks to be sure it fits snugly. After a couple of weeks, the bridge is permanently bonded into place.
Dental Crowns and Bridges at Smile Dental Studios Gosnells
Smile Dental Studios Gosnells will help you achieve the optimal state of oral health. We provide a wide selection of restorative dental services for patients who reside in Gosnells and its surrounding areas.
We are located at 8/2328 Albany Hwy in Gosnells.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do crowns or bridges last?
Will people be able to tell if I have a dental crown or bridge?
Is it necessary to get a root canal before a dental crown?
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