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If you are someone who is missing out on one or more than one tooth, then dental crowns and bridges are the best solutions for you. Both dental crowns and bridges make use of prosthetic devices to bring back your beautiful smile.
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.
Dental crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. A cast is made of the existing tooth and an impression is made. The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.
A temporary crown is exactly what it sounds like., its a crown that’ll only remain in your mouth for a short period of time. Temporary crown is kept while you’re waiting for a permanent crown to be made.
Crowns are sometimes confused with dental veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.
With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.
Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.
Dental bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. Some bridges are removable and can be cleaned by the wearer; others need to be removed by a dentist.
Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances.
Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.
Dental crowns and bridges can help you make positive changes to the way you look. If you require dental crown or bridge treatments in Hervey Bay Dental, please call us today (07) 412 55099 or book an appointment find out what dental crowns and bridges can do to improve your smile!
On average, with good oral hygiene practice at home and regular dental checkups, your bridge and crowns can last for up to eight years – or even longer. Some behaviours, such as teeth grinding and jaw clenching, can significantly reduce the lifespan of your bridge and crown.
On average, the cost of a bridge in Australia can range from up to $1500 to $5000. This will depend on the type of dental bridge you choose, how many teeth you will need to replace, and what teeth are involved. For a more accurate quote for your crowns and bridges, arrange a consultation with Hervey Bay Dental.