Crowns & Bridges

When a filling becomes large but there is still a significant amount of healthy tooth structure remaining an inlay/onlay may be advised over a crown. Inlays are made from porcelain, gold or composite resin and as they are made in the laboratory we are able to achieve much better contacts, shapes and final finish. An inlay sits in a hole within the tooth and an onlay sits on the tooth to build up its shape commonly used when part of a tooth has fractured.

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If you have a weak tooth or are missing one or more teeth, you may need a crown or a bridge. A crown sits over a tooth that may have been broken or weakened and will thus serve to return the tooth back to its former strength, function and appearance.

A crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for instance, if you have large discoloured fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth. Following root canal treatment crowns are often indicated to protect the underlying tooth structure in addition they are used to.

What does the procedure involve?

Stage 1 – Planning
The teeth that require restoration are identified, x-rays and other records may be taken.

Stage 2 – Preparation
The tooth is reduced in size and accurate moulds are taken of all the teeth. At the end of the appointment a temporary crown is constructed.

Stage 3 – Crown fit
Follow on 2-3 weeks after the preparation. During this time the moulds are sent to our specialist technicians, who fabricate the crown. Occasionally we will also send you to the technician for specific shade matching. When you and your dentist are happy with the fit and appearance of the new crown it will be fixed in place with special dental adhesive.

If you are missing one or more teeth, a bridge may be fitted. There are many types of bridge, from a very conservative Resin Bonded Bridge to a Conventional Fixed Bridge, which uses either, a single or multiple crowns, either side of the missing tooth to support an artificial tooth known as a pontic.

However as there are many alternatives to replacing a missing tooth, your dentist will go through all of the options available to you at your consultation appointment?

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