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CROWNS AND BRIDGES

Beautiful tooth coloured crowns and bridges to restore the natural appearance of your smile and prevent further damage. 


CROWNS AND BRIDGES

Crowns

Artificial crowns are used to improve the appearance of weak, misshapen or discoloured teeth, where they cannot be restored using white filling or veneers. 

Crowns completely cover a weak tooth above the gum line and protect it. They are strong, looking and feeling exactly like a natural tooth, as we make their colour and shape to match your own teeth.

A crown can last for many years, particularly if you look after your mouth and teeth and the crown does not get accidentally damaged. 

 

Bridges

A bridge fixes a replacement tooth (or teeth) to your natural trey on either side of a gap. Fixed bridges improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak. And as we match the colour to your own teeth, no-one will know that you have missing teeth. 




 

CROWNS AND BRIDGES FAQs

 

 

CROWNS

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.  

 

BRIDGES

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.

 
 

Restorations made in house


We also have a CEREC machine at our practice, which allows ceramic restorations to be made here at Clarence House saving you time and inconvenience. 

Before CEREC technology, all ceramic restorations (such as crowns, inlays and veneers) had been made off-site by a laboratory technician. This meant patients always needed to make several visits over a couple of weeks before a restoration was finally fitted. 

The CEREC system works by our dentists using a special camera to take an optical impression of your tooth. This is then used to design perfectly fitting restorations. 

Find out more about CEREC dentistry here.

 



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