Natural looking, pleasing and long lasting dental crowns (or caps) are a fantastic way to complete and brighten your smile.
A crown is a cap or covering for a tooth. A dentist will suggest a crown when your tooth is cracked or broken, heavily filled, discoloured, or if fillings have fallen out.
There are various types of dental crowns available and your dentist will advise the best option depending on the crown location. They may suggest a ceramic, resin or sometimes even gold crown. Many DB dentists also offer Same Day Crowns using CAD/CAM technology to design, produce and insert ceramic restorations in one single appointment.
The dentists at DB Dental can create crowns that closely match the shape and colour of your original tooth, so the result is as natural looking as can be. As well as enhancing your appearance, crowns restore the tooth’s strength, so it is effectively brand new in appearance and function.
A dental bridge is a ceramic structure that fills the gap left by a missing or extracted tooth. A ceramic tooth is fused between two or more porcelain crowns on either side of the missing tooth that serve as anchors. The anchor teeth are shaped to accommodate the crowns, and then a bridge is secured over these teeth.
To see whether a crown or bridge is the right solution for you, meet with your DB dentist who will explain the whole procedure to you including the different materials they may use, what it will involve and how much it will cost.
What is a dental crown?
Crowns are coverings for the entire visible part of the tooth. They are used when teeth are broken; old and large fillings are lost; teeth are badly decayed or severely discoloured. They improve the appearance of your natural teeth and can brighten your smile. DB Dental offers both porcelain and gold materials, taking into consideration where in your mouth the crown is to be placed.
Why do I need a crown?
Dental crowns improve the structure of the tooth. As time goes by, it’s not unusual to find our teeth are no longer structurally sound. Things like lost fillings, decay, chipping and cracking of the enamel can all lead to large-scale problems in a tooth’s surface. If the whole surface of the tooth is problematic but the root system is intact, a crown might be the ideal solution.
What types of dental bridges are available?
There are several types, and which one we recommend depends on where it will go in your mouth, your bite and also the aesthetic and functional considerations.
A bridge will keep teeth from drifting into the space created by a missing tooth, helping preserve normal function and a normal bite for the jaw joint. In the most common type of bridge, crowns are applied to the two teeth on either side of a gap (where teeth have been removed). This involves joining three crowns, including a crown to fill the gap.
A bridge is suitable in areas where teeth on either side of the gap have been filled and would benefit from restoration with crowns. If the teeth beside the gap don’t have fillings, it might be better to explore options such as implants. This avoids having to cut otherwise-perfect teeth.