Crowns and Bridges
Tooth decay, trauma, root filling and large fillings may weaken a tooth to such an extent that there is a high risk the tooth may fall apart. In these cases a crown is often the best way to save a tooth and strengthen it. Crowns can be made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal or all metal.
The dentist will trim back the natural tooth, leaving just the core of the tooth. Impressions of the tooth are then taken and sent to a dental laboratory. Whilst your crown is being made, the dentist will fit a temporary crown for comfort, ease of chewing and appearance.
When the crown is ready, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and fit the final crown with permanent cement.
Bridges replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of two crowns on either side of the missing tooth. The two crowns are joined by a false tooth. The crowns and false tooth are cemented in as one piece. The procedure is similar to that of crowns and a temporary bridge can be made if required.
Prior to commencing crown or bridge treatment, your dentist will carry out a full consultation and recommend the best treatment for you. Sometimes a tooth will need a root canal filling or post before crown or bridge treatment.