Crowns and bridges are perfect for restoring strength and integrity to a damaged tooth
As we become older, our teeth may become more brittle and have structural issues. This is due to oral conditions such as tooth decay and bruxism (tooth grinding during sleep). Which can cause chipping and cracking. A restorative and cosmetic solution to a severely damaged tooth, a dental crown is used as a ‘cap’ to restore the lost tooth structure and is bonded over the tooth. This ensures it is stable and protected from further damage.
A dental crown can be used to:
- Protect and strengthen a tooth that has lost most of its natural structure
- Help restore strength to a root treated back tooth
- Cover a tooth that has been afflicted with extensive damage from decay
- Cover any discolouration or aesthetic issues you want concealed
- Maintain the health and integrity of a fractured tooth
The treatment process for dental crowns
Treatment for dental crowns takes three appointments:
- The first appointment is the consultation. A Marriott & Hand dentist will explain the process and what you can expect.
- The second treatment is when your tooth is shaped and prepared for the dental crown. An impression of your teeth is taken and sent to the lab where your permanent crown will be fabricated. A temporary crown will be placed while the permanent one is being fabricated.
- The third appointment is when the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is bonded into place.
If looked after properly, a dental crown can last up to ten years.
Dental bridges can be used to restore missing teeth
A dental bridge is comprised of three or more dental crowns that have been fused together. The outer crowns are bonded to the teeth adjacent to the site of tooth loss, literally ‘bridging the gap’ left by a lost tooth. Sometimes a dental implant may be a better solution to this situation.
The treatment process for dental bridges is similar to getting a dental crown. It takes three appointments and if looked after properly a dental bridge can last up to 10 years. Replacing a missing tooth has many health benefits: for example, it prevents remaining teeth from becoming crooked. Crooked teeth can lead to further oral health issues such as a bad bite. The other benefit of replacing a missing tooth is that it improves your oral hygiene, looks after your gums and makes eating easier.
Crowns and Bridges Melbourne
If you have lost a tooth and want to know how the team here at Marriott & Hand can help you, please contact us today