Smile, eat, drink and live confidently with a crown or bridge fitted by our experienced team.
We’re asked to provide crowns and bridges for patients with missing or damaged teeth all the time, so if you’re looking to restore your smile – and confidence – get the facts from our experts, along with an impartial recommendation on the best option for you.
What exactly is a crown?
A crown is an artificial tooth-shaped cap, usually made of porcelain and metal alloy, that’s used to strengthen a tooth that’s been chipped, broken or damaged due to:
- tooth decay
- large fillings
- root canal treatment
- age-related wear and tear.
A crown is fitted over an existing tooth and replaces the top – or crown – of the damaged tooth.
How are crowns prepared and fitted?
First, the area around the damaged tooth is numbed with a local anaesthetic, and the tooth is gently shaped using a drill, generally making the tooth 1-2 millimetres smaller so the crown can fit over it.
An impression of the reshaped tooth is then taken and sent to a dental technician, who carefully crafts a crown to fit. In the meantime, a temporary crown is fitted to protect the prepared tooth – it’s best to chew on the opposite side of your mouth while you have a temporary crown.
Fast forward to the second appointment: the temporary crown is removed and the new crown is placed over the tooth. When the dentist is sure the shape and colour match, then the crown is cemented to the tooth – the cement sets within an hour and is fully set within 24 hours.
Minor adjustments may be required once your crown is fitted, after which it will look, feel and function like your natural teeth.
What exactly is a bridge, and how is a bridge fitted?
A bridge is used when one or more teeth are missing – it literally bridges the gap left by one or more missing teeth and comprises multiple ceramic crowns, connected as one whole unit.
The crowns on either side of the bridged space are called abutments, while the crown or crowns that fill the space are called pontics.
The procedure for fitting a bridge is similar to the procedure for fitting a crown – the teeth on either side of the gap are shaped and prepared for crowns, which hold the bridge (filling the gap in between) in place.
Crowns and bridges are popular options at our practice, so if you would like to find out if a crown or bridge is right for you, or if dental implants may be a better option, please get in touch with our experienced team on (08) 9407 7088 for a no-obligation consultation.