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Dental Crowns & Bridges

Several things can cause your teeth to lose their original shape and size. A dental crown is an excellent way to cover and protect your tooth so it can return to its original shape. What’s more, crowns can also improve the aesthetics of your smile.

Crowns are incredibly versatile and can treat a wide range of conditions. For example, if a tooth requires a filling but there isn’t enough of the original tooth to hold the filling, a crown can cover it completely to protect the open space.

If you’ve recently searched for “dental crown Coorparoo,” you’ve come to the right place. Continue reading below to learn more about general dentistry, dental crowns, and bridges—and how they may help your current dental issue.

What Are Dental Crowns and Bridges?

Crowns rest on top of damaged teeth to help strengthen and protect them. Your dentist can also use crowns to cover implants to make it easier for you to chew and speak. You can get a crown in a wide range of colors and materials.

If you’re looking for something more natural, your dentist can use porcelain crowns that closely resemble normal teeth. You can also get gold alloy, ceramic, acrylic crowns or other materials depending upon the indication, which your dentist can discuss with you.

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Crowns are suitable for a wide range of conditions, such as:

By design, bridges help protect teeth between large gaps, usually where a tooth has been removed. Whenever there’s a significant amount of space between teeth, the surrounding teeth can start to shift and are more vulnerable to displacement.

Your dentist will replace missing teeth with bridges, giving you a healthier bite. Like crowns, bridges also come in a wide variety of colors and materials. Most patients opt for porcelain or ceramic bridges because they are sturdy and closely resemble natural teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental crowns are custom-made restorations that fit over the entire part of a tooth above the gum line, effectively restoring the tooth’s shape, size, strength, and appearance. Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth by anchoring artificial teeth (pontics) to adjacent natural teeth or implants, which serve as supports for the bridge.

Dental crowns may be recommended for various reasons, including protecting a weak tooth from breaking, restoring an already broken tooth, covering and supporting a tooth with a large filling, holding a dental bridge in place, covering a dental implant, or improving the appearance of a tooth.

With proper care and maintenance, dental crowns and bridges can last many years. On average, crowns and bridges can last between 5 to 15 years or longer. Their longevity can be extended through good oral hygiene practices, regular dental check-ups, and avoiding habits such as teeth grinding, chewing ice, or biting fingernails.

Modern dental crowns and bridges are designed to look natural and blend seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. They can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, or porcelain fused to metal, which can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth, ensuring that your restoration is not noticeable.

The process typically requires two dental visits. During the first visit, the tooth (or teeth) will be prepared, which may involve reshaping the tooth and taking impressions to create the crown or bridge. A temporary crown or bridge may be placed while the permanent one is being made. At the second visit, the temporary restoration is removed, and the permanent crown or bridge is adjusted, fitted, and cemented into place.

Care for crowns and bridges is similar to caring for your natural teeth. It includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily (especially around the crown or bridge area), and using an antiseptic mouthwash. It’s important to clean under the bridge to remove any trapped food particles and plaque. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are also crucial to monitor the condition of the crown or bridge and the health of surrounding teeth.

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How Long Do You Need to Wear Crowns and Bridges?

Both crowns and bridges are permanent, by design. However, while crowns and bridges are extremely durable, you still need to practice good oral hygiene to prolong their longevity.

To ensure that you’re making the most out of your crowns and bridges, make sure to brush your teeth and floss regularly. You should also have routine dental check-ups so your dentist can inspect your teeth to look for any problem that might affect your crowns or bridges.

Get in Touch With Our Team Today

If you think you need a crown or bridge and want an opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner, our team at The Dental Café can help. We provide a wide range of dental treatments for our patients, including crowns and bridges.

If another dentist told you that you need a surgical or invasive procedure, and you want to seek a second opinion, you can schedule a free consultation with one of our dentists. Since an invasive procedure carries risks, we will always look for an alternative for your condition.

At The Dental Café, our Brisbane-area family dental office, our goal is to build long-term relationships with our patients. Call us today on 07 38478626 for a consultation if you are in need of a dental crown or dental bridge.

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