Create The Perfect Smile
Dental crowns or bridges fit like a sleeve over your tooth to cover up a fault.
Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth — to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.
If your tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
A dental bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth can eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease.
Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge.
Porcelain Presents The Perfect Finish
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow your crown to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
What Is The Process?
The process of installing a crown or bridge takes 2 visits.
On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anaesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mould will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mould will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth.
Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 1 week to be returned. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. The tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sits in place.
When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and strong. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing.
How Long Will a Dental Crown or Bridge Last?
They can last between 5 to 15 years or even longer. It depends on your oral hygiene, dental care and maintenance.