For teeth that are weakened or broken, a dental crown is often the preferred and most effective way to restore the tooth and protect it long term. In addition, dental bridges may be used to replace missing teeth. Here at Henry Street Dental Care, we use custom-made crowns and bridges that are quality checked to meet our high Australian manufacturing standards.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is often fabricated from porcelain and/or metal alloy. Porcelain is made to match the natural appearance of the tooth. Metal alloy, meanwhile, is used for its inherent strength and durability. They are designed according to your unique dental specification to ensure that it looks natural and feels comfortable in the mouth.
Why would I need a dental crown?
Sometimes a tooth can be damaged to the extent that its strength is compromised, such as when there is a large filling in the tooth. This can cause deflection and stresses on the remaining tooth structure as the filling expands and contracts due to biting forces.
Another reason is that you may have had a root canal treatment. This may lead to drying of the tooth, causing it to become more brittle, prone to fracture, and discoloration.
Your dentist may also recommend a crown when a tooth is fractured or cracked. A dental crown can hold it together and prevent further tooth loss. A crown may also be your best option if you are unable to achieve the look you desire with other methods.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a way of restoring your smile when a tooth is missing.
We often recommend a bridge for patients who have lost a tooth, leaving a space with teeth on either side.
Our dentists can bridge this gap by placing dental crowns on the teeth on either side and connecting a false tooth to the crowns.
Benefits of a dental bridge
A dental bridge can:
- close the gap created by a missing tooth.
- improve your biting function so you can enjoy the foods you love.
- prevent neighbouring teeth from moving.
- produce a natural-looking result.
- give you the confidence that comes with a great-looking smile.
Why do we recommend crowns & bridges?
We recommend crowns and bridges to:
- restore chewing and speech function
- improve aesthetics and soft-tissue balance
- prevent super-eruption and unwanted movement of teeth around the gap
- maintain occlusal balance