Do you have weak or missing teeth? Then a dental crown or a tooth bridge may be the perfect solution. Wimpole Dental offer quality crowns and bridges at our W1 dental clinic to expertly restore your smile. Book an appointment with your friendly and experienced dentist in Wimpole Street today!
You may benefit from crowns or bridges if you have a weak tooth or missing teeth. They are fixed prostheses designed to restore form and function to damaged or missing teeth.
A crown is placed over a broken or weak tooth to improve a host of issues including, appearance, shape, alignment and strength. A crown can also be secured onto an implant as a prosthetic tooth. You may need a crown to:
Tooth-coloured crowns are made from porcelain or ceramic to achieve a natural look. Alternatively, gold, metal alloys, and acrylic materials are used to make stronger crowns suitable for the back teeth. To create a simultaneously strong and attractive crown, a metal shell is often covered with porcelain.
If you are missing one or more teeth, a bridge may be fitted as a replacement. When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth begin to rotate or shift into the empty space and result in a misaligned bite and other health issues.
Bridges directly replace one or more missing teeth, preventing the surrounding teeth from moving out of place. They are bonded to either natural teeth or teeth implants next to the empty space. Known as abutments, these natural teeth or implants work as anchors for the bridge.
A replacement tooth is then attached to the abutments. There are several materials you can choose from to make your bridge. In order to achieve a natural appearance, porcelain or ceramic bridges can be crafted to match the shade of your existing teeth. Talk with your dentist to determine the best material for you, depending on the location of the tooth or teeth, your bite and your personal preferences.
Firstly, your dentist will gently reduce the size of the tooth that will be fixed to the crown or bridge, so as to allow adequate room. An impression of your teeth will then be taken. The exact shade of a porcelain crown or bridge will be ascertained based on your natural teeth. Your crown or bridge will be made in a lab according to the chosen material and the impression of your teeth. In the meantime, you will have a temporary crown or bridge fitted to protect the prepared tooth or teeth. When your permanent crown or bridge is ready, it will be bonded to your tooth or teeth.
Crowns and bridges are designed to be permanent, but they do have the potential to become loose or even fall out. If the abutment teeth are damaged or decayed, they stop providing essential support for the bridge. Practicing a good dental care routine is therefore the main thing you can do to help preserve the life of your crown or bridge. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, as well as floss once daily. Attending regular checkups with your dentist and hygienist are also vital for looking after your crown or bridge and your oral health.