If you feel anxious about problems like broken teeth, large fillings or teeth that are weakened by decay then dental crowns could be the solution for you.
A crown is fitted over the remainder of your healthy tooth to give the strength of a natural tooth and its colour to blend in perfectly.
You may need a crown if you have:
- A weak tooth or teeth that need strengthening
- A broken tooth you do not like the look of
- A discoloured tooth you do not like the look of
- Teeth which have received root canal treatment usually need to be crowned
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a crown last?
Crowns should last for many years. This does heavily depend on how you care for them. Consider the daily habits that could be affecting your crowns, and you'll be able to extend their wear.
Will the dentist use an anaesthetic?
When the tooth has already been root treated it isn’t necessary, but in most cases your dentist will need to anaesthetise the tooth before working on it so that you don’t feel anything.
A bridge is used as a permanent replacement for one or more missing teeth. It is both aesthetic and functional.
Maryland bridges are good because only a little material must be removed from one of the teeth next to the gap. However, they are not as strong as conventional bridges and are only suitable for smaller gaps toward the front of the mouth. Also, if the teeth either side of the gap are in a poor condition, the dentist may advise that a Maryland bridge is not appropriate.
A bridge will restore your natural bite and prevent unwanted movement of the adjacent teeth and over eruption of the opposing teeth. They are a very desirable alternative to a removable partial denture.
All our bridges are made from the highest quality materials. We also offer minimal preparation adhesive bridges for maximum conservation of the tooth tissue.
Frequently Asked Questions
why would I need a bridge?
Usually because you have had a tooth extracted or knocked out in an accident, leaving you with a gap in your teeth. Closing the space is important for cosmetic reasons, but your dentist has good clinical reasons to fill in the space, too: leaving the gap open can put extra strain on the teeth either side. It can also affect your “bite” – the teeth on either side of the gap may lean together into the space and alter the way that the upper and lower teeth meet, which can cause further problems.
How long does a bridge last?
Dental bridges should last for many years. This does heavily depend on how you care for them. Consider the daily habits that could be affecting your bridges, and you'll be able to extend their wear.
Will the dentist use anaesthetic?
In most cases it isn’t necessary to have an anaesthetic for a Maryland bridge. It is usually necessary for a conventional bridge, unless the tooth or teeth being used for the retainers have already had root canal treatment. Your dentist will let you know before work begins whether you need anaesthetic and, if you do, will anaesthetise the teeth before working on them so that you don’t feel anything.