Crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices, meaning that they are cemented onto existing teeth or implants and can only be removed by a dentist. Crowns and bridges are normally made of a white, ceramic that can be colour matched to your natural teeth, so your crown or bridge will not stand out when you talk, eat or smile.
Crowns and bridges are made in two appointments spaced roughly two weeks apart. At the first appointment, the dentist will prepare your teeth and take impressions. These are then sent to the dental laboratory for the dental technician to craft a custom-made crown or bridge. Between appointments the dentist will place a temporary crown or bridge on your teeth to protect them. When the permanent crown or bridge is ready, the temporary will be removed and the new crown or bridge will be cemented in place.
Advantages of Crowns:
Crowns support a tooth that has been badly damaged – crowns can protect and strengthen teeth, helping to increase the life span of your natural teeth.
Crowns improve the appearance of teeth – Crowns can be used to add length or width to misshapen teeth, mask tooth discolouration’s and cover a dental implant.
Crowns look natural – crowns resemble the look of natural teeth. This means that they can be used to give the illusion of always having a healthy, bright smile.
Crowns are long lasting – studies have shown that crowns last longer than any other type of dental restoration. However, once a tooth is crowned it will always need a crown, there is no going back.
Crowns give you the confidence to smile again – damaged or broken teeth can make you feel embarrassed and afraid to smile. Crowns can restore the look and function of your smile.
Advantages of Bridges:
Bridges are fixed and not removable – this means that you do not have to worry about taking them out to clean them or that they will move when you smile, talk and eat.
Bridges improve the appearance of your smile – bridges help to replace a missing tooth, restoring your smile to its former glory.
Bridges are long lasting – bridges are a predictable, durable and last a considerable period of time.
Bridges can be made quickly – it only takes two appointments to create a bridge. It is much quicker than having an implant or a partial denture.
Bridges are less invasive than implants – implants involve surgical procedures to place the implant and it may be necessary to have a bone graft prior to treatment if your you not have sufficient healthy bone. For anyone who is not suitable for implant treatment a bridge can be a great alternative.
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