Crowns and Bridges

A crown is a tooth shaped ‘cap’ that is placed over a tooth which has been prepared by your dentist, to restore the shape, size, strength and improve aesthetics.

 

A crown may be needed in the following situations:

- To protect a weak tooth from breaking or hold together a cracked tooth.

- To restore an already broken tooth or tooth that is severely worn. 

- To cover and support tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left. 

- To cover misshaped or severely discoloured teeth. 

- To make a cosmetic modification.

- To cover a dental implant

- To strengthen a tooth after root canal. 

The pictures describe the types of crowns and the differences between them.

 

A bridge is a fixed replacement for a missing tooth that relies on either one or more of your remaining teeth, or one or more implants. 

If you feel a crown or bridge may be the correct option for your mouth please come and see us, we can discuss what is best for you.

Types of crown:

Alloy Crown
Alloy Crown

Advantages- Strong, long lasting, less damage to remaining tooth, similar hardness to enamel. Disadvantages- Poor aesthetics

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Porcelain Fused to Metal
Porcelain Fused to Metal

Advantages - Fairly strong, tooth coloured, affordable Disadvantages- Can become unsightly over time, greater tooth removal required, weaker

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All Zirconia
All Zirconia

Advantages- tooth coloured, as strong as metal, little tooth removal required, lower cost Disadvantages- lower aesthetics than layered porcelains, can wear natural teeth over time

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Layered Porcelain
Layered Porcelain

Advantages- Most Aesthetic option, fully biocompatible, hand crafted aesthetics Disadvantages- most expensive, more tooth removal required

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