If you are looking to fix teeth that have been damaged, chipped, stained or are crooked, a dental crown can help cover your badly worn out tooth, giving you a natural looking smile along with straighter teeth.
In more severe cases, when you lose teeth as a direct result of blunt force such as an accident or other dental issues like tooth decay, a dental bridge (false tooth) can be used to fill the missing gap between healthy teeth.
A dental crown is typically made from either porcelain or metal – it acts as protection for the tooth structure. Our dentist will take an impression of your existing tooth and match it with the colour of the crown, after which it is effortlessly placed on top of your chipped or damaged tooth, restoring any imperfections or alignment problems.
The entire procedure is pain-free as you will be administered a local anaesthetic. Once the process is complete, your crown serves to look, feel and function as a natural tooth.
The base of your bridge is made from a precious metal while the artificial tooth is covered in porcelain so that it matches your tooth’s natural colour. Neighboring teeth on both sides of the missing tooth are then used for support. With the artificial tooth sitting in between this way, you have a new row of natural looking teeth.
Crowns and Bridges FAQs
Crowns and bridges can last anywhere between 7-15 years. However, if you do not observe good oral hygiene such as proper tooth cleaning and getting regular dental check-ups, this time may be reduced. In addition, any physical trauma can damage your fixed restoration.
Even though this might depend on your dental needs, a quality crown or dental bridge can take a few weeks to manufacture properly. You may need to go for two appointments spaced between several weeks. Your dentist will, however, give you a temporary crown/bridge to wear.
Crowns and bridges are used for different purposes – if your tooth is beyond repair and cannot be saved, it will have to be removed and the gap will be filled using a bridge. If this is not done, then your teeth will shift out of place due to the missing tooth.
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