Crowns and Bridges
If you have missing or damaged teeth, having a crown or bridge fitted could be a suitable solution for you. As a form of restorative dentistry, both crowns and bridges can help to restore your smile to its natural best. A crown is used when the tooth itself is cracked or broken and a bridge is utilised when teeth are missing entirely.
How do crowns and bridges work?
A crown is an artificial tooth used to cover a damaged one. Typically made of porcelain or ceramic material, a crown can strengthen your teeth, improve their shape and alignment and provide an appealing aesthetic appearance overall. Crowns can be colour-matched to closely mimic the shade of your existing teeth, making it difficult to tell the difference between the artificial attachment and the original tooth.
Your dentist may recommend a bridge, should you be missing one or several teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth are prone to gum disease and other related health issues, so it's important to address the problem.
Bridges span the gap where missing teeth would normally be. Bridges are firstly fixed to the existing teeth for support. Then, an artificial tooth (known as a pontic), is attached and cemented in place. With the gap or gaps filled, your natural teeth will no longer shift due to the empty spaces in your mouth, averting the risk of bite misalignment.
When should you consider a crown or bridge?
Crowns and bridges provide a versatile treatment option and can be used to repair a whole range of dental issues. If one or more of your teeth are cracked or damaged, or if decay has weakened them, a crown may be the most suitable option. Additionally, crowns can also be used to treat discoloured or misshapen teeth.
Should one or more of your teeth be missing, a bridge is a better option than a crown. What's more, bridges can be used should dentures become unstable or uncomfortable. Be sure to speak to your dentist, if you're considering either of these restorative treatments.
How long do crowns and bridges last?
Crowns and bridges are highly durable, and can last up to 10 years or more. However, there is a small risk that they can become loose, or even fall out over time. The best way to minimise this risk and avoid dental disease, is to maintain a good oral hygiene routine.
Brushing and flossing twice daily is considered best practice. Visiting your dentist for a routine checkup every six months, will help to maintain your oral health and keep crowns or bridges in place, for even longer!
If you are suffering from cracked, chipped or decayed teeth or are missing one or more teeth, please call HR Hocking Dental Surgery on 9534 3481 to book a consultation.
Disclaimer: Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.