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Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry » Cosmetic Crowns & Bridges

Crowns and bridges are common solutions for missing or damaged teeth. A crown can be used to restore a single worn or damaged tooth (or more than one tooth, with one crown per tooth) while a bridge can be used to replace one or more adjacent missing teeth.

At Dental Excellence we are proud to offer metal-free crowns and bridges. Crowns that are purely ceramic are not just very strong and durable, but are also highly natural in appearance because they are translucent, meaning there are no tell-tale black shadows at gum level as there are with metal composite crowns. Metal-free bridges are also strong and natural, and cause less irritation than bridges made of metal.

Cosmetic crowns

A crown is a common dental restoration that is used for teeth that have been extensively damaged or weakened by decay, have been broken or contain a very large filling. Crowns are also often used after root canal treatment, to lend extra strength to the tooth and to give it a natural appearance. A crown can restore a tooth that might otherwise need to be removed.

It takes two appointments to fit a crown. Your dentist will first carefully prepare your tooth under local anaesthetic, making it the ideal shape to receive a crown. Most of the outer surface of the tooth, leaving behind a strong inner core. Your crown is made to the same thickness of the amount of tooth removed, and will be made of porcelain closely matched to your tooth colour.

Your dentist will take impressions of your tooth to enable our laboratory to make your crown. You will have a temporary crown fitted until your permanent crown is ready for fitting.

Cosmetic bridges

Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They can only be used for adjacent teeth and are fixed, unlike other missing tooth solutions such as dentures. Bridges use surrounding teeth for support, so those teeth need to be strong and healthy.

Bridges are aesthetically pleasing and are made from the latest technologies and using the best techniques. There are two types of bridge: conventional bridges and bonded bridges.

Conventional bridges comprise crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap, with a false tooth attached to fill in the space. Bonded bridges use wings attached to the backs of the supporting teeth.

Dental bridges require two appointments. At the first, your dentist will prepare your teeth and take impressions and measurements. These will be sent to the laboratory along with information about the colour of material that most closely matches your natural teeth. You may have a temporary bridge fitted, and when your permanent bridge is ready you will be called back for a second appointment.

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