Dental Crowns and Bridges
Without proper oral healthcare, time and wear can lead to a breakdown in your tooth structure. This breakdown creates more chances of decay or fractures that cause instability in your tooth or teeth. If you have weak, missing, or chipped teeth, a dental crown or bridge might be your answer.
Call Parkdale Family Dental in Parkdale, Victoria, at (03) 9069-9652 to schedule a consultation appointment to determine if dental crowns or bridges could improve your oral health.
What Are Crowns and Bridges?
Think of getting a crown like having a makeover for your tooth. A tooth-shaped cap created in a laboratory that covers the blemishes or faults on the tooth’s surface, a crown protects the tooth from further damage or decay, promotes the rebuilding of your original tooth, and keeps the surrounding areas of your teeth healthy.
A bridge, on the other hand, entirely replaces a missing tooth with a synthetic tooth connected to the adjacent teeth with crowns to secure it in place. Porcelain and all-ceramic bridges and crowns both defend teeth that are weak or fractured, protect implants, and help to restore your healthy, natural smile.
How Is a Dental Bridge Different from a Crown?
A crown is used for one tooth, whereas a bridge is a connecting structure placed over multiple teeth. The bridge mimics any missing teeth and maintains the structural integrity of the mouth. The most common style of bridge consists of at least three crowns fused into a set and attached to the teeth adjacent to the gap. Bridges promote multiple things like:
- Smile restoration
- Increase in confidence
- Facial structure preservation
- Easier eating
- Improvement with speaking if annunciation is difficult due to the missing teeth
How Do Dentists Install Dental Crowns?
The appointment starts with a standard check-up and cleaning. Your dentist then applies a local anesthetic to the area to help with discomfort during the procedure, uses a drill to remove any decayed or blemished tooth surfaces, and measures the dimensions to ensure a properly fitted crown. The dentist then takes an impression of your tooth to ensure that the crown will fit securely, then sends the mould to the production laboratory. We also strive to closely match the natural colour of your teeth so that the crown seamlessly blends into your smile.
Creating your bridge or crown can take a few weeks, but we provide you with a temporary tooth cap while you wait. When your crown arrives from the lab, we will schedule a time for your fitting. Once the dentist checks to ensure a proper fit, they apply a dental bonding agent to adhere the crown to your tooth permanently.
How Do Dentists Install Bridges?
Much like a crown, the dentist shapes the teeth to fit the mould for the bridge. At least three crowns can be fused and, depending on the number of missing teeth, will predict the size of the bridge. Once the lab creates the custom-fitted bridge, the attachment process will consist of adhering crowns to one or both teeth around the missing one with a bonding agent to make the bridge permanent.
What Is the Aftercare for Crown and Bridges?
You want your cosmetic dentistry to last as long as possible, and crowns are no different from your natural teeth. Preventative care that includes brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing twice a day will intercept any plaque that can build up. Crowns require more emphasis on routine dental care, so stay on track with your cleanings for a long-lasting crown.
We also suggest that you do not chew on ice or do anything to damage your teeth; this can cause wear and tear that will require more frequent dental visits. And at any point, if your crown feels loose, be sure to call your dentist office immediately.
Don’t delay treatment if you have broken teeth or experience tooth pain or sensitivity. The experienced dentists at Parkdale Family Dental are here to fit dental crowns in Parkdale, Victoria. Call our friendly staff at (03) 9069-9652 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.