Dental Bridges are use to replace missing teeth, they are anchored to the neighbouring teeth. The false tooth is known as the pontic and the anchoring teeth are known as abutments.
Conventional Bridges: This involves preparing the neighbouring teeth (abutments) so that they become like crowns/caps and the false tooth (pontic) is then fused to the abutment crowns. This type of bridge can be made in gold, ceramic, or gold/ceramic combination.
- Dental Bridges last around 10-15 years
- They offer a fixed option for replacing gaps for those who do not wish to have implant surgery.
Maryland Bridges require little or no preparation of the inside of the teeth (abutments) and the false tooth (pontic) is then bonded to the inside wall of the neighbouring teeth. This type of bridge can also be made in gold, ceramic or gold/ceramic combination.
- Very little or no preparation of the neighbouring teeth
- Cost efficient
Cantiliver Bridges: This type of bridge involves providing a crown for one of the neighbouring teeth, this is bonded to the flase tooth. This type of bridge can also be made in gold, ceramic or gold/ceramic combination.
A crown is a full tooth cover restoration that is placed over a cracked, broken, root filled or a heavily filled tooth.
- Ceramic Crowns: These crowns are significantly more aesthetically pleasing. They are fully porcelain and colour matched to your individual tooth colouring.
- Metal/Ceramic Crowns: These crowns have a metal core and are covered in porcelain.
- Metal: Gold crowns
Reasons for having a dental crown
If a significant part of a tooth is lost to dental decay and there is a risk that if a filling is used to restore the tooth, the filling could come out or fracture. Crowns are a lot stronger that fillings and better able to protect against tooth fracture
During root canal treatment, a large portion of the tooth is removed and the remaining tooth tissue can fracture and discolour after root canal treatment. A crown can increase the success rate of a root canal treated tooth and protect the structure of the tooth and increase its longevity and its aesthetics.
If a large part of a tooth has fractured and the rest of the tooth is at risk of further fracture, a dental crown can protect the remaining part of the tooth from fracture.
For cosmetic purposes, people who have large mismatched fillings on their front teeth may opt to have crowns to improve their smile.
All crowns made at the Dulwich Dental Clinic are sent away and made in Sweden or Germany
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