If you feel anxious about problems like broken teeth, large fillings or teeth that are weakened by decay then tooth crowns could be the solution for you.
Tooth crowns are fitted over the remainder of your healthy tooth to give the strength of a natural tooth and its colour to blend in perfectly.
You may need a tooth crown if you have:
- A weak tooth or teeth that need strengthening e.g. highly filled teeth
- A broken tooth you don't like
- A discoloured tooth you do not like the appearance of
- Most teeth that have received root canal treatment are usually crowned
Tooth Crowns | What are the benefits?
- Crowns can help to protect a week tooth or restore a broken tooth
- They can be used to restore your teeth to their natural shape or size
- They can cover discoloured teeth
- They can protect damaged teeth and teeth that have undergone root canal surgery
Tooth Crowns | What are the alternatives?
- Fillings may be more suitable if you are simply wanting to fix a cavity
- Veneers may be more suitable if you are wanting to improve the appearance of stained teeth
- Inlays or Onlays may be more suitable if you are attempting to fix a cracked tooth
- If your crown is part of a dental bridge treatment, ask your dentist what other ways a bridge can be supported
Tooth Crowns & Dental Bridges | Frequently Asked Questions
Will the dentist use an anaesthetic?
When the tooth has already been root treated it isn’t necessary, but in most cases your dentist will need to anaesthetise the tooth before working on it so that you don’t feel anything.
How long does a crown last?
Crowns should last for many years. This does heavily depend on how you care for them. Consider the daily habits that could be affecting your crowns, and you'll be able to extend their wear.
Dental bridges are a permanent replacement for one or more missing teeth. They look natural and work well.
Maryland bridges are also particularly good because only a small amount of material needs to be removed from one of the teeth next to the gap. They are not as strong as a conventional bridge and are often only suitable for smaller gaps toward the front of your mouth. If the teeth on either side of the gap are in poor condition, your dentist may advise that a Maryland bridge is not suitable for you.
Dental Bridges restore your natural bite and prevent unwanted movement of the adjacent teeth. They can also prevent over-eruption of the opposing teeth. They are normally a much better alternative to a removable partial denture.
All our dental bridges are manufactured from the highest quality materials.
Dental Bridges | What are the benefits?
- They can restore your smile
- Restore your ability to chew and speak
- Distribute the forces in your bite
- Prevent teeth from shifting positions
Frequently Asked Questions
Will the dentist use anaesthetic?
Normally it isn’t necessary to have an anaesthetic for a Maryland bridge. However It's usually necessary for a conventional bridge, unless the tooth or teeth being used for the retainers have already had root canal treatment. The dentist will let you know before work starts whether you need an anaesthetic and, if you do, will anaesthetise the teeth before starting to work on them.
How long does a bridge last?
Bridges normally last for many years. It does depend on how you care for them. Consider the daily habits that affect your bridges, and you'll be able to extend their wear.
why would I need a bridge?
Normally because you have had a tooth extracted or had one knocked out, leaving you with a gap in your teeth. Obviously closing the space is important for cosmetic reasons, but your dentist also has good clinical reasons to fill in the space, too. Leaving the gap open often puts extra strain on the teeth either side. It can also affect your bite. The teeth on either side of the gap may come together into the space and alter the way that your teeth meet, which can cause further problems.