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Crowns and Bridges

Despite your best efforts, you have to deal with one or more cases of tooth decay. Adding to that, you may even have to nurse a fractured tooth or two. This could have resulted from trying to crack a hard nut or even opening beer bottles with your teeth. In a good number of cases, the damage is not too severe and can be corrected with a filling. But the filling may not be as strong as teeth itself and will gradually wear off. In extreme cases, the affected teeth may have to be pulled out.

Niddrie Dental Clinic has recorded a steady stream of patients seeking dental crowns and bridges.

What are dental crowns and bridges?

Dental crown is an artificial crown made in the lab which is used to replace weakened or damaged natural crown of a tooth. A crown will entirely cover or “cap” the remaining tooth structure giving it strength, improving its function, shape and appearance. Crowns are tooth-shaped covers that are fitted over damaged or weak teeth, while bridges are tooth recreations of conjoined crowns that are anchored on the healthy teeth on either side of the gap. Though gold and metal crowns and bridges are strong. Those made from porcelain are generally popular.

Benefits of crowns and bridges

When fitted by a skilled general or cosmetic dentist, crowns and bridges will help restore your teeth’s form and function. They can also help:

  • Cover root canal treated tooth
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Improve strength of damaged teeth
  • Boost your confidence and looks
  • Encourage you to smile more and lead a happier life
  • Protect teeth with large fillings and weak structures

The crown and bridge procedure

A typical dental crown or bridge procedure starts off with a consultation where a dentist will examine your teeth to assess the level of the tooth’s damage. The examination will determine if the tooth is healthy enough to handle a crown. If not, it may need to be pulled out and have a prosthetic one and a bridge installed instead.

The dentist will have to shave off some tooth structure for the procedure. They will then make an impression from which a specialized lab will make the crown. A temporary crown is fitted while the permanent one is being ordered.

Once the crown has been put in place, you will need to care of it as you do for your other natural teeth. Use a good, dentist-approved toothpaste and toothbrush to clean your teeth every day. All in all, remember maintaining a good, healthy tooth is an important part of your health care regimen.

Niddrie Dental Clinic is trusted for both emergency and regular dental care in Melbourne. The clinic’s dentists have expertise with dentures, Invisalign, and Fastbraces among many other dental services. Contact us and schedule an appointment today.