In many of these cases, and particularly after root canal treatment, a crown is often the best way to save a tooth and strengthen it
Crowns are caps that are permanently bonded to a damaged tooth
A crown fits over the core of the tooth and replaces the natural crown, the part of the tooth that can be seen above the gums. These include porcelain crowns, gold crowns or porcelain fused to metal crowns.
There are a number of different types of crowns which your dentist will advise you on. Porcelain crowns, gold crowns and porcelain fused to an unseen underlying metal for additional strength. Our dentists will colour-match the porcelain to match the look of your existing teeth.
With proper care, a dental crown should ideally last at least 10 years. Regular dental checkups with your Dentist will help to prolong the life of your crown as any dental issues can be identified and addressed early.
A crown, often referred to as a cap, is usually required when you have
- heavily filled teeth or large fillings
- broken, weak or cracked teeth
- excessive wear from grinding or acid wear (erosion)
- teeth that have had root canal treatment
Not only are crowns aesthetically pleasing but they also restore function and maintain integrity of surrounding teeth.
A bridge is an option to replace a missing tooth.
It is a series of three or more crowns linked together, attached to a strong tooth on either side of the space.
This is a great option when a dental implant is not able to be placed or, as a cost effective way to replace a missing tooth.
What to expect?
Crowns and bridges will take 2 appointments. The first appointment will involve us preparing the tooth, taking moulds and placing a temporary crown. A quick second visit 2 weeks later to have your permanent crown cemented on.