Dental Crown & Bridge

At My Gentle Dentist, We Specialise in Top Quality Dental Crowns & Bridges to Give You the Confidence that Comes with a Smile that is Like New Again!

Dental Crown & Bridge Overview

Is Your Smile Held back by Broken, Chipped or Missing Teeth?

Our Dental crown and bridge treatments can help you get back to talking, laughing, eating, and engaging in social situations without having to worry about your smile.

Our crowns and bridges can restore the appearance of your smile and maintain the functionality of your teeth, allowing you to chew:

  • Properly, and
  • Comfortably.

Crowns and bridges are strong and reliable and in most cases they:

  • Will last many years
  • Feel like natural teeth, and
  • Look very much like natural teeth!

Note: Without treatment, gaps left in the mouth can result in teeth shifting and becoming misaligned. To make things worse, there is also the increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

Bridges have been an integral part of modern Dentistry since the early part of the last century and prior to the use of implants was the preferred method for replacing teeth.

My Gentle Dentist use the latest technology to provide you the best crown and bridge materials suited to your personal budget.

Dental crowns and bridges is a great way to restore the natural look and function to your damaged teeth.

Book an appointment with us now to check if you are eligible for crowns or bridges and be prepared to regain your confidence and show off your new smile!

My Gentle Dentist Use the Latest Technology to Provide You the Best Crown & Bridge Material Suited to Your Personal Budget

Crowns & Bridges are a Fixed Solution to Missing or Damaged Teeth

All About Crowns & Bridges

What are Crowns & Bridges (and their Purpose)

Crowns and bridges are a fixed solution to missing or damaged teeth.

This restorative procedure uses prosthetic devices to return your smile to its natural state.

Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices.

Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants and can only be removed by a Dentist.

Bridges are ideal for people who don’t like dentures and only have a few teeth missing.

Bridges are usually made by putting a crown on the teeth on either side of the gap and attaching a false tooth in the middle.

Note: A Dental bridge is not a very conservative procedure and is definitely not a Dentists preferred option unless all other options have been ruled out.

When is a Dental Crown or Bridge Needed?

The only way to know for sure if you need a crown is to ask your Dentist to examine the tooth you’re worried about.

Crowns and bridges are used to repair a number of different Dental problems.

A crown is indicated if your tooth has a:

  • Large Existing filling with a compromised tooth structure.
  • Crack/Fracture lines running through the visible part of the tooth and you have no symptoms of pain/ discomfort in the tooth.
  • Large gap between 2 neighbouring teeth.
  • Root Canal Treated tooth that is being discoloured or appearing to have cracks.
  • Large filling that keeps falling off too often.
  • Tooth that is not Aesthetic, Rotated, Short in Height.

A bridge is used:

To replace a missing tooth or teeth. It is also a possible solution when dentures are unstable, uncomfortable or aesthetically displeasing.

Always Ask Your Dentist to Examine the Tooth You’re Worried About

Your Dentist Will Help You Ultimately Decide if Crown & Bridge are Right for You

Bridges are less frequently recommended these days due to advances in Dental Implant Technology.

But if you do not wish to have surgery and an implant or if it is decided an implant is not possible then a teeth bridge is another option.

Once you explain to your Dentist the result you would like to achieve, they will be able to tell you exactly what is, and is not, possible in your situation.

Consult with your Dentist ASAP if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Visibly damaged teeth
  •  Consistent or intermittent tooth pain
  •  Teeth that are very sensitive to temperature
  •  Pain when brushing your teeth
  •  Pain when chewing
  •  Swollen gums, lips, or jaw
  •  Bleeding teeth or gums
  •  Other unexplained tooth pain.

To find out if you are a suitable candidate for a crown or bridge, it’s essential that you are assessed by a Dentist.

What are All The Missing Teeth Replacement Options?

When it comes to teeth replacement, generally, there are three options:

1. Removable Dental appliance (complete denture or partial denture)

2. Fixed Dental bridge (cemented)

3. Dental implant.

On the right is a quick comparison table to show you the differences at a glance:

Here is a quick comparison table to show you the differences at a glance:

A removable partial denture usually has replacement teeth attached to a metal or acrylic (plastic) base that matches the colour of your gums.

Partial dentures often have some form of clasp that attaches to your natural teeth and can easily be taken out of your mouth for cleaning or storing while you sleep.

Note: Your Dentist may also recommend crowns, or “caps,” on your natural teeth to improve the way a removable partial denture fits your mouth.

Implants are an alternative to dentures and bridges.

Implants are titanium rods/ screws (in layman terms) which are surgically placed into the jawbone and act as anchors for fastening dentures or crowns onto.

New Materials are Continually Being Introduced with Modern Technology

Are Dental Crowns & Bridges Common?

Crowns and bridges are very common Dental restorations because of their utility.

Each restoration can be used to solve several problems, such as:

  • Cracked, damaged or broken teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Discoloured teeth, and
  • Missing teeth.

What Materials are Your Crowns & Bridges Made From?

Crowns can be made of a variety of different materials, such as:

  • Porcelain, or
  • Porcelain bonded to metal.

My Gentle Dentist will help you decide which crown material would be best suited for you by showing you a picture breakdown of the types of crowns.

New materials are continually being introduced with the development of technology.

Modern day crowns and bridges wholly made from tooth-coloured material are increasingly popular due to greater awareness and their lifelike aesthetics.

Advances in Dental technology have made these prosthetic teeth appear so realistic that it is practically impossible to tell them apart from natural teeth.

Our Dentist at My Gentle Dentist Arana hills will discuss which material of crown would be best for you.

 

How are Crowns & Bridges Made?

Before either a crown or a bridge can be made, the tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit over it properly.

After reducing the tooth/teeth, your Dentist will take an intra-oral scan using state-of-the art TRIOS3 scanner to provide an exact mold for the crown or bridge.

If porcelain is to be used, your Dentist will determine the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the colour of your existing teeth.

These scans are emailed to a specialist Dental lab which then makes your crown or bridge, in the material your Dentist specifies.

A temporary crown or bridge will be put in place to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown or bridge is being made.

When the permanent crown or bridge is ready, the temporary crown or bridge is removed, and the new crown or bridge is cemented over your prepared tooth or teeth.

Let Us Explain Concisely How Crown & Bridges are Made

With Proper Maintenance, Your Crown or Bridge Will Last a Long Time

How Long Will Dental Crowns & Bridges Last For?

The exact lifespan of any restoration will depend on how well you take care of it.

You should continue to brush and floss daily, and check in with My Gentle Dentist twice a year.

With proper maintenance, your crown or bridge can last for many-many years.

 

How Does The Crown & Bridge Process Work?

Getting a crown or bridge placed usually requires two trips to the Dentist’s office:

THE FIRST VISIT

  1. The Dentist examines the damaged tooth to assess the damage and determine how to approach fixing it. The Dentist will usually take an x-ray to help in the assessment.
  2.  The doctor anaesthetises the tooth and the area around it to numb the tooth and the surrounding gums.
  1. The Dentist prepares the tooth for the crown or bridge. They remove all decay and reduce the outside of the tooth into a base shape that is able to accommodate the crown. If the Dentist finds extensive decay that would limit the tooth’s ability to support the crown, they’ll add a build-up material to fill in the area and help support the crown or bridge.
  2. The Dentist uses a paste or putty to make an impression of the tooth. They send the impression to a dental laboratory, which fabricates the custom crown. Making the crown can take several weeks. To protect the tooth in the meantime, speak to your Dentist.

THE SECOND VISIT

  1. The doctor anaesthetises the tooth and area around it to numb the tooth and prepare to install the crown.
  1. The Dentist removes the temporary crown and makes sure the new crown has the right fit, shape, bite, and looks.

3. The doctor applies a special Dental cement to the inside of the crown, then carefully places the crown on the prepared tooth so that it fits properly. Depending on the type of dental cement used, the dentist may/may not cure the cement so that it begins to set instantly. While the cement dries, they’ll clean away excess cement from the tooth and surrounding gums.

Getting a Crown or Bridge Usually Requires Two Trips to the Dentist’s Office

The Cost of Crowns & Bridges is All Relative to the Technology Used

What is the Cost of Crowns & Bridges?

Crowns can range from $1,200 – $2,400 per tooth.

For bridges it depends on the number of teeth involved, but you can estimate about the same price as crowns, per tooth on the bridge.

Dental crowns can be seen as expensive because of the technology needed to produce a cap to repair your tooth.

Every tooth is as unique as you, and Dentists must use their expertise and modern technology to match the new crown to the shape of your existing teeth and their colour.

Note: Cost will also depend on the material used.

How Do I Avoid Crowns and Bridges?

Clean your teeth twice a day and floss at least once every day – simple!

Can You Sum Up Crowns & Bridges for Me?

One restoration is not necessarily better than another.

For more information about dental crowns or bridges or to discuss which restoration option is best for you, contact us now!

My Gentle Dentist Will Always Advise You on the Best Dentist Option Suited to Your Needs

Crowns & Bridges Require the Same Diligent Care as Your Natural Teeth

Caring for Crowns & Bridgework

Crowns and bridgework require the same diligent care as your natural teeth.

Always brush and floss between all of your teeth (restored and natural) every day to reduce the build-up of dental plaque.

Avoid sticky foods such as toffee and lollies, and do not use your teeth inappropriately – chewing pens, crunching ice, gnawing fingernails, etc.

If you have a grinding habit, wearing a nightguard would be a good idea to protect your teeth and your investment.

A Dental superfloss, which looks like a small bendy bottle brush, can be used to clean under your bridge.

There are also water jets on the market that will help keep your bridge clean.

Whether you have a crown or a bridge, the most important thing is to regularly visit your dentist for a checkup and clean.

 This way problems can be detected early, allowing them to be corrected before they become painful and expensive.

My Gentle Dentist are Your Dental Crown & Bridge Experts

Dental Crown & Bridges may or may not be right for you.

  • My Gentle Dentist are your highly experienced Dentists with over 30 years combined experience.
  • My Gentle Dentist are committed to providing you with quick, safe and effective Dental crown and bridge treatment in a clean and comfortable environment.
  • My Gentle Dentist resolve hundreds of dental crown and bridge problems each year, relieving pain and making teeth healthy again.

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