Crowns & Bridges Bankstown
Crowns and bridges can provide a long-term solution for damaged or missing teeth.
A badly damaged tooth (or a gap where a tooth is missing) can have a crown or bridge put in to create a natural look, while also preserving the functionality of the problem area.
Dr. Larry Coleman and the experienced dentists at Centre Court Dental can help you with crowns and bridges. They can also help you to feel confident in managing your oral health once crowns and bridges have been fitted.
What is a crown?
There are two types of crowns:
• Customised thin cap crowns are designed to fit over a badly damaged tooth in order to protect and strengthen the underlying tooth.
• Crowns can also be essentially a prosthetic tooth, designed to replace a damaged tooth or a tooth that has had a root canal performed.
In both cases, the latest dental technology can be used to match the colour of the crown to the teeth either side of it, resulting in a natural look.
What is a bridge?
Bridges are used to hold crowns in place. They are designed to attached to capped crowns in order to secure a prosthetic crown. The result is near-invisible, giving a natural look that also preserves the functionality of the tooth and provides a suitable long-term solution.
How long do crowns and bridges last?
When taken care of properly, crowns and bridges can last for ten years or more. Practicing good oral hygiene is the best way to ensure the longevity of your crowns. If teeth, bone or gums become damaged by dental disease, crowns and bridges can become loose or fall out.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking after your crowns and bridges:
• Regular appointments with the dentist for professional cleans and oral check-ups are essential
• Avoid chewing on hard foods to prevent damage to your new crown or bridge
• Brushing with a fluoride toothpaste plus daily flossing will contribute to good oral health and protect the strength of your crowns and bridges.
How are crowns and bridges made?
If your dentist has recommended a crown for you, the next step is to create the perfect fit for your mouth.
Then, your crown is moulded and fitted.
This process has five key steps:
• Firstly, any affected teeth will be reduced in size to ensure that the crown or bridge will fit well
• Secondly, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth to create a mould of the perfect shape for your crown or bridge. (During this process, they will also match the correct shade for your crown so that its colour is consistent with neighbouring teeth.)
• At this point, a temporary crown or bridge will be fitted to cover the prepared tooth (or teeth) while your bridge or crown is being made
• The mould for your teeth is sent to a dental lab, where the crown or bridge will be created to your dentist’s specifications
• When it is ready, your dentist will book an appointment to remove the temporary prosthetic and fit your new crown or bride over your prepared teeth.
Installing crowns and bridges takes expertise and care.
Like a lot of dentistry, it combines the need for a strong, functional outcome with a natural-looking result.
Dr. Larry Coleman and his experienced team at Centre Court Dental have been supporting the Bankstown community for over 25 years, so you know you’re in good hands whenever you need dental work done.
Take the first step in restoring your smile by talking to one of the Centre Court Dental team on 02 9790 4998 today.