CROWNS AND BRIDGES FAQs
What are crowns made from?
These custom, colour-matched restorations are usually finished in porcelain. This material is chosen for its lifelike quality and lustre. Depending on where the crown needs to be, we use a metal-based crown to improve its strength, with a porcelain layer over it. We also use other materials such as gold.
How do you fit a crown?
We will shape your tooth so that when the artificial crown is fitted, it will be the same size as a normal tooth.
What is the difference between a crown and a bridge?
A crown completely covers the prepared tooth and is permanently cemented to it. A bridge is a precision tooth replacement that is cemented to the adjacent teeth to keep it in place. A bridge is either cemented using thin, invisible tabs or has a crown fused to the replacement tooth at each end which is cemented over the prepared adjacent teeth.
What are the main benefits of bridges?
Bridges mean there are no need for dentures! Sometimes, however, a short term temporary denture is advised if the tooth has been recently lost, to allow healing to take place and the tissues to assume a stable shape.
What are dental bridges made from?
Bridges are made of metal and porcelain or sometimes just porcelain. They can last for many years, if you keep them clean and if there is no accidental damage.
Are there times when a bridge is not suitable?
An alternative to a bridge is an implant or removable partial denture. We will explain the differences to you and recommend the most suitable option for you.
How are dental bridges made?
Our CEREC machine allows us to make your bridge on site, saving you time and the inconvenience of multiple visits. Using computer aided design, we can manufacture your bridge for you and this can be fitted in a single visit. We will also show you the best way to keep your new bridge clean.
To find out more about our CEREC machine, click here.