Crowns and Bridges
Protecting natural teeth is an essential part of comprehensive dentistry. When teeth begin to break down or are lost altogether, prompt treatment with the proper restoration is beneficial and can improve future oral health.
Two of the most common dental restorations we use at North Brisbane Dental Clinic include dental crowns and bridges.
Dental Crowns to Protect Teeth
When the enamel that protects teeth is damaged by dental decay or fractures, it can compromise the structure of a tooth. If you have a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy, it will also be left more brittle and prone to fractures than other teeth. A dental crown completely covers the tooth structure above the gumline and provides improved stability by absorbing the force from chewing.
Dental crowns are available in a wide variety of materials, including gold and metal blends; however, many patients prefer porcelain tooth-coloured options. Porcelain crowns are durable and blending naturally amongst existing teeth.
The Dental Crown Procedure
In the right hands, the process of having a dental crown placed is completely painless. Patient comfort is important to us. Dr Georgia Sheahan, Dr Brodie Hawker, Dr Louise McCallum, Dr Andrew Liaw and Dr Sabrina Akl approach dentistry with a gentle and compassionate chairside manner. For patients who feel anxious regarding their procedure, we offer nitrous oxide sedation.
After administering the anaesthetic, your dentist will remove all decay, bacteria, and damaged tooth structure and take a 3D scan for the fabrication of a custom dental crown.
Same Day Crowns
North Brisbane Dental Clinic has an on site dental laboratory, so we can often make your crown in a matter of hours. If you are having a same day crown (cerec crown), you will have two appointments in the same day. The first will be for the preparation of your tooth and 3D scan. Then you'll return approximately 2 hours later to have the crown fitted. It will be permanently bonded to your tooth and adjusted for a comfortable fit.
Not every case is suitable for same day crowns. We do still use external laboratories for certain cases and your dentist will advise if this applies to you. If we need to have your crown or bridge fabricated off site, you will be fitted with a temporary crown/bridge while awaiting your permanent restoration.
Caring for Your Dental Crown
Dental crowns require the same care as natural teeth – brushing, flossing, and regular dental cleanings will help you get the most out of your dentistry.
Dental Bridges Close the Gap left from a Missing Tooth
Tooth loss makes eating and speaking a challenge, not to mention the adverse effect it could have on your appearance. Often, patients opt for a dental bridge to fill the gap left after tooth loss or an extraction. Dental bridges are a fixed option, meaning they are not removable like partial or complete dentures.
As with dental crowns, dental bridges come in aesthetic porcelain options to match surrounding teeth.
How Dental Bridges Work
Two dental crowns on healthy, adjacent teeth hold an artificial tooth in place. A bridge keeps the surrounding and opposing teeth from shifting toward the space, which can create occlusal (bite) problems and gum disease.
Dental bridges do not replace the root of the tooth like dental implants but provide a reliable alternative when dental implants are not possible.
The Dental Bridge Procedure
The process of having a porcelain bridge made is much the same as that for having a crown. The only difference is that instead of prepping one tooth for the porcelain, we prepare two teeth, one on either side of your missing tooth. When the bridge is glued into place, it is one solid piece of porcelain, but it looks and functions like three separate teeth.
Caring for Dental Bridges
Since a dental bridge has an artificial tooth that sits directly above the gums, they do require some special care to keep them clean. Specialty floss and small brushes designed to help patients care for their dental bridges can make the oral care process easier.
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Our conscientious practitioners will help you determine the best way to achieve optimum oral health and protect your teeth. Our dental clinic, located in Wooloowin, always has room for more smiling faces.