Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges have a long and successful history in the restoration of damaged teeth.
If extensive restoration of a tooth is required due to aggressive wear, decay or fracture, a porcelain dental crown may be the best solution. A dental crown completely encases the tooth, sealing and binding it together.
Crowns can last for more than a decade.
Some patients will have it for a lifetime!
At LT Dental, we use only all-ceramic dental crowns due to the excellent aesthetics provided by this material. Unlike the old technology of metal/ceramic dental crowns, all-ceramic material allows us to be more conservative in tooth preparation, keeping as much natural, healthy tooth structure as possible.
Why Should I Get a Crown?
Dental crowns ensure the long-term health of badly broken down teeth, in any area of your mouth, especially where the restoration needed is extensive, or in a high pressure area such as the molar teeth at the back of the mouth. They can also re-shape and align misplaced, discoloured teeth.
Dental crowns have improved dramatically with new techniques and materials, so forget any memories you have of dark or opaque old-fashioned crowns, with unsightly dark margins at the gumline. Using the latest porcelain technology, we’ll create a beautiful and functional dental crown specifically for you. LT Dental’s artistic eye and expertise in assessing your facial shape ensure your dental crown will look and feel just like real teeth. We can also replace your existing old dental crowns for a more aesthetic appearance.
Dental bridges are used to close gaps. A dental bridge is firmly secured by crowns bonded to your natural teeth on either side of a space usually formed by a missing tooth. A bridge acts to restore full mouth function and can significantly improve appearance. They help prevent adjacent teeth rotating and extending into the vacant space. Without a bridge the movement of teeth above the gap and on either side of the gap can lead to bone loss, tooth decay and even further tooth loss.
The Crown & Bridge Procedure
The process for preparing teeth for crowns or a bridge is very similar.
The tooth is gently reshaped. Moulds of the tooth are taken using very small trays. These trays are then sent to a dental technician who makes the crown or bridge from the mould. The crown or bridge is then made up and sent back to us to be placed over the tooth at a second appointment.
Caring for your crowned tooth is equally as important as it is for your natural teeth. Although crowns are strong, stain resistant and function in the same manner as your natural teeth, your gums and surrounding tissue are still vulnerable to plaque build-up and gum disease. So if not well cared for your new crown or bridge may not last for its intended time.
If gum disease occurs, your crown may need to be removed and may not be able to be replaced. Brushing twice a day, flossing or using Piksters once a day and regular oral health checks every six months will ensure your new crown or bridge will serve you well for many years.
Speak with us today about how we can provide you with quality dental crowns and bridges that last. Simply fill out our contact form and we’ll contact you quickly to book your free consultation. Or, if you’d prefer to talk, please call us on (08) 9328 5027.
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