Missing Teeth » Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are common restorative dental dental-treatments-croydon. Crowns are used when a tooth has become worn, damaged or weakened, while bridges are used to replace one or two missing teeth. Treatment with crowns or bridges is available both to private and NHS patients.
Crowns are like caps for the teeth, improving the aesthetic appearance of a tooth as well as providing extra strength and protection to weakened teeth that could otherwise be prone to damage. They can be made out of metal or tooth-coloured material, and are commonly used after root canal treatment to strengthen and improve the appearance of the treated tooth.
Tooth-coloured crowns can be made to closely match the shade of your natural teeth. At Croydon Dental Care we use the best available materials to produce our crowns.
You need two appointments for a crown fitting. At the first your dentist will prepare and shape your tooth so that the crown can easily be attached. After shaping your tooth, your dentist will take impressions of your tooth and will send this information to the laboratory for your crown to be created. Once it’s ready, you’ll need a second appointment to have it fitted.
Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They use surrounding teeth to support one or two false teeth. There are two types of bridge available – fixed bridges and bonded bridges.
Fixed bridges comprise crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap, with a false tooth joining the crowns together and filling in the space. Bonded bridges use wings attached to the backs of the supporting teeth.
To have a bridge fitted, the surrounding teeth will need to be strong enough to support the bridge and have adequate bone support.
You will need two appointments for a bridge to be fitted. At the first, your dentist will take measurements and impressions of your mouth and will prepare the supporting teeth. At the second appointment your bridge will be fitted and carefully checked, and you will be shown how to care for it properly.