Crowns, Bridges & Dentures
Damaged or missing a tooth? Having a crown, bridge or denture may be the option for you.
The difference between a crown and a bridge is that a crown is fixed onto existing teeth or implant and is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth that cannot be fix with a filling. It involves full coverage of the remaining tooth to the gum line to protect what is left and to prevent further damage.
Crowns are made at our onsite laboratory by our excellent technicians. We find this provides a much more accurate and well-fitted crown compared to one that is made chair side using computer software and milling machine.
There are two types of crowns – porcelain crown or a gold crown. Porcelain crowns are tooth colored and usually placed on teeth that are visible within the smile line. Gold crowns are usually placed on back teeth as gold is softer and gentler on the opposing teeth, preventing further tooth damage.
A bridge is used when a gap needs to be filled. It is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. These two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment (support) teeth with a false tooth/teeth in between.
Sometimes bridge may not be suitable to replace the missing teeth for either financial or health reasons. Instead you may like to consider a partial denture as an option. Dentures use the remaining teeth for retention with minimal preparation to the existing teeth, thus becoming more conservative and less costly. Dentures are removable and need cleaning after meals and at night time.
If you’re interested in having a crown, bridge or denture talk to us about which option is best for you. Contact us and make an appointment today.