crowns and bridges

Crowns are an artificial restoration used to repair heavily decayed and damaged teeth and improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. Crowns can also be used to help fix bridges in place, helping to fill any gaps created by lost or missing teeth.

Crowns and bridges will be fitted at two appointments. At the first appointment the tooth or teeth will be prepared and impressions taken. These are then set to the laboratory for the technician to create the custom made crown or bridge. Whilst this happened you will be fitted with a temporary. This may not match exactly your natural teeth but it will only be in place for one to two weeks.

At the second appointment the temporary will be removed and the crown or bridge will be fitted. The dentist will adjust it to make sure that the new restoration fits comfortably within your natural bite. The crown will not match exactly the original shape of your tooth and as such may feel slightly different. However within a few days it should not be noticeable. If after a week you can still notice the shape of the crown, then it may need some slight adjustment and you should call the surgery to book an appointment.

All crowns and bridges will be shade matched to ensure that they match as closely as possible to your other teeth. Once fitted, if looked after properly, crowns and bridges should last for many years. You should clean the crown or bridge in the same way as your natural teeth, brushing with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and cleaning in-between the teeth with either floss or interdental brushes. The dentist will be able to provide you with the expected life of any crown or bridge prior to treatment starting.