Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges have a long and successful history in the restoration of damaged teeth.

At Fresh Dentistry our expertise in this area will ensure your crown not only mirrors the function of your natural tooth but also best suits your age, gender and facial features.

Crowns are designed to strengthen teeth that have been weakened by decay. They are also used to protect teeth that have had a root canal treatment or teeth that have been fractured through general wear and tear.

Crowns can closely resemble the shape, size and colour of your surrounding natural teeth. They can also provide support for bridges and be used to cover teeth that are poorly shaped or discoloured.

There are different types of crowns; metal, tooth-coloured porcelain or zirconia. Traditional metal crowns are long-lasting and have a metallic colour. Commonly used for front teeth, Porcelain crowns fused to metal, provide a natural colour match and have a guarantee of 5 years, however with proper daily care should last for many more years. Solid Zirconia crowns are very strong and provide the longevity of metal crowns yet have the natural appearance of porcelain. With proper daily care Zirconia crowns are extremely long-lasting and have a 10-year guarantee, making them a good choice for back molars.

Crowns are custom-made and fitted for your bite and the size and length of your natural teeth. Crowns are the strongest form of restoration for a tooth and tend to last longer than fillings.

Dental bridges are used to close gaps. A dental bridge is firmly secured by crowns bonded to your natural teeth on either side of a space usually formed by a missing tooth. A bridge acts to restore full mouth function and can significantly improve appearance. They help prevent adjacent teeth rotating and extending into the vacant space. Without a bridge, the movement of teeth above the gap and on either side of the gap can lead to bone loss, tooth decay and even further tooth loss.

The process for preparing teeth for crowns or a bridge is very similar.

The tooth is gently reshaped. Moulds of the tooth are taken using very small trays. These trays are then sent to a dental technician who makes the crown or bridge from the mould. The crown or bridge is then made up and sent back to us to be placed over the tooth at a second appointment.

Caring for your crowned tooth is equally as important as it is for your natural teeth. Although crowns are strong, stain-resistant and function in the same manner as your natural teeth, your gums and surrounding tissue are still vulnerable to plaque build-up and gum disease. So if not well cared for your new crown or bridge may not last for its intended time.

If gum disease occurs, your crown may need to be removed and may not be able to be replaced. Brushing twice a day, flossing or using Piksters once a day and regular oral health checks every six months will ensure your new crown or bridge will serve you well for many years.