Dental Crowns and Bridges
Having broken or missing teeth is more than just a cosmetic issue. It can make it difficult for you to enjoy your favourite dishes as well as affect your speech.
When chewing feels painful or if you want to fill the gap in your smile, you can count on the long-lasting, aesthetic restorations at Hulme Court Dental and Implant Centre. Our dentists are both gentle and experienced in placing all types of dental restorations using modern techniques. We use superb tooth-coloured materials to make the restorations look the same as (or even better than!) natural teeth.
Fixing a Broken Tooth
Broken or extensively decayed teeth require more stability than an ordinary dental filling can provide. Because Dental Crowns, also called caps, cover the entire tooth above the gum line, they reinforce the tooth structure to prevent splitting, chipping or additional damages.
At Hulme Court Dental and Implant Centre, we offer durable full gold restorations and natural-looking tooth-coloured ceramic Crowns. The type of Crown that your dentist will recommend depends on your specific needs and preferences. We will discuss the benefits and limitations of each material used with you to ensure that you remain well-informed each step of the way.
Using our intraoral camera, we can also examine an image of your tooth or teeth with you on our monitors, to assist in making an informed decision.
Dental Crown Procedure
Dental Crowns are customised to fit your natural teeth perfectly and provide comfortable function. Because a Dental Crown fits over your natural tooth, your dentist will prepare your tooth in such a way that your Crown does not look or feel bulky. This involves:
- Digital X-rays
- Tooth preparation
- Impressions of teeth and a bite record
- Shading and colour choice of ceramic Crowns
- Use of a temporary Crown to protect the prepared tooth
We use a trusted Australian dental laboratory to create your final restoration. Once it arrives in about two weeks, we will remove the temporary Crown, bond your final Crown in place, and make small adjustments to ensure proper occlusion (bite).
Dental Bridges Procedure
A Dental Bridge is a collection of dental crowns adjoining as a single unit. Bridges are made of aesthetic, tooth-coloured ceramic to replace gaps in your smile and help restore the chewing function.
The design of Dental Bridges consists of two parts: custom made crowns on abutment teeth and artificial tooth/teeth filling the gap from a previous extraction or a congenitally missing tooth.
The process of Bridge fabrication is similar to the dental crown procedure.
Completing Your Smile
A space left by a missing tooth causes your natural teeth to tilt or drift toward the gap. The movement of your natural teeth can cause sensitivities, pain, or looseness due to increased exposure of the root surfaces as the teeth continue to drift.
Ceramic Crowns and Bridges match your natural teeth in both shape and colour. Your dentist will meticulously design the Dental Crowns and Bridges to achieve the desired results. Once completed, it can restore comfortable chewing and promote self-confidence in patients.
Replacing a missing tooth deals with more than what meets the eye. By filling the gap in your smile, you are also regaining your ability to eat without discomfort.
Maintenance is crucial in the overall success of your dental works. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy will provide greater longevity for your dentition.
A few things you can do are:
- Brushing at least twice daily
- Flossing at least once daily
- Attending dental check-ups and cleaning appointments at least twice a year.
Please note, Bridges require special care to prevent gum disease and decay from developing beneath the crowns. Tiny brushes and specially designed dental floss will make caring for your dental Bridge easier.
Broken Tooth? Missing Tooth?
Say goodbye to painful teeth and hello to beautiful smiles.
Restorative dentistry in our dental clinic will give you back your oral health and self-confidence. Contact us to arrange a dental exam and we will explain each available option. Our entire team is dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful and long-lasting smile.