Missing teeth? We can fill or bridge the gap so you’ll forget it was ever there.
Crowns and bridges offer both a functional and aesthetic solution to very damaged, decayed or missing teeth. All of these solutions are bespoke, and require you to sit for dental impressions so that a prosthetic tooth, or teeth, can be expertly made in a dental lab. At Avon Dental Practice, your dentist will talk you through the options available and offer clear advice and guidance on the best solution for your needs.
Crowns are recommended when a tooth has broken, worn down or is decayed so much that a filling is no longer an option. They are also routinely used to strengthen a tooth following a root canal treatment. Created from porcelain or metal, crowns are made in a dental lab to your exact specifications. The restoration is then bonded over your existing tooth (literally ‘crowning’ it). Crowns are also used to secure a dental bridge in place.
Bridges hide the spaces in your smile caused by large gaps or missing teeth, and consist of a prosthetic fitting secured at each end by a crown. Even if your missing teeth are causing no discomfort, dental bridges are highly recommended for preventing potential future problems. These include bite distortion, caused by your remaining teeth shifting to fill the gap, and vulnerability to gum disease and jaw pain. Like crowns, bridges are usually created from porcelain or precious metal, and are an excellent fixed alternative to dentures.
Getting a dental bridge or crown in Christchurch
Getting a crown or bridge usually requires two or more appointments at Avon Dental Practice. Firstly you’ll need to have your tooth prepared to receive a crown. The dentist will gently file and smooth your damaged tooth into a streamlined shaped that will accommodate your crown perfectly. Depending on the state of your tooth, this can be done with or without a local anaesthetic. Once your tooth is ready, your dentist will take your dental impressions, which a dental lab will use to fabricate your bespoke restoration. You’ll be fitted with a temporary crown or bridge while you wait (usually around two weeks), and return to the dentist to have your permanent restoration bonded firmly into place.
A crown is a single-tooth restoration that caps your existing tooth. A bridge replaces one or more adjacent missing teeth with a prosthetic that literally bridges the gap, held in place at each end by a crown.
Traditional crowns and bridges have to be made in a dental lab. This will require you to sit for dental impressions so that an accurate restoration can be tailor-made to create the perfect combination of function and aesthetics. You will be involved in the process from start to finish and the lab will create a restoration that meets you and your dentist’s requirements in terms of shape and shade.
Before your custom restoration is made at the lab, your dentist will prepare your tooth by filling it down into a smooth shape that correctly accommodates the restoration. Dental impressions will then be taken and sent to the lab where your restoration will be made. When it is ready, you’ll return to the dentist to have your crown or bridge cemented in place and cured under a special light.
With good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, your restoration could last as long as 20 years.