Dental crowns are designed to encase a tooth and restore it to its former function, strength and appearance.
A tooth may become weak due to trauma, decay or from extensive dental work such as root canal therapy. A crown will provide a protective cover for your tooth to restore it back to its original form and function. They may be made of high quality porcelain or gold.
Precision preparation of the tooth is carried out to ensure your new crown fits and integrates perfectly with your surrounding and opposing natural teeth and bite. Impressions of the tooth are taken, and a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth. At the next visit, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is fitted, adjusted and finally cemented into place.
If you are missing more than one tooth, then your surrounding teeth are likely to move into the empty spaces, causing your remaining teeth to become misaligned, increasing your risk of developing jaw and bite problems.
A dental bridge is a way of replacing these missing teeth. Made of strong porcelain, the procedure is similar to the one carried out to develop a crown.
The supporting teeth either side of the gap, to which the bridge is bonded, are prepared and the bridge is precisely constructed to fit snugly over the top.