What are Dental Crowns and Bridges?

Crowns are used to strengthen heavily broken down teeth. Like the name suggests, they sit on top of the tooth, covering it fully to prevent any chance of breakage in the future, similar to a bucket over a sandcastle.

Bridges are multiple crowns attached to each other, which fill the gaps left by extracted or missing teeth, see the picture below.

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What are Crowns and Bridges made from?

Historically, crowns were made from metal, commonly gold.

Now, due to advances in material technology, they are made entirely from beautiful, high strength porcelain to match the colour and detail of your teeth. These porcelains are capable of withstanding far higher forces than your mouth could ever create, meaning fractures are nearly impossible.

We are so confident in our skill and technicians, that all of our crown and bridge work comes with a 5 year warranty.

A Crown or Bridge will be recommend in these circumstances:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restoring a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
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How do Bridges Work?

A bridge is a permanent option to replace missing teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite.

As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. We can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost.