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Want to strengthen your teeth while enhancing your smile? A dental bridge or crown may be the perfect solution.
A crown is a restoration that covers an entire tooth. The crown replaces your tooth’s outer layer to strengthen it or enhance its appearance.
You may need a crown if you have a tooth that is chipped or cracked. A crown is often the restoration of choice to protect a tooth after root canal treatment. Crowns are excellent for strengthening teeth that have been weakened by enamel loss or large cavities.
If you get a dental implant, you will need to restore it with a crown.
You might even get a crown if you want to improve the appearance of a tooth that is smaller or darker than the rest of your teeth.
Bridges are dental restorations that literally bridge the gap where there is a missing tooth. They comprise two dental crowns with a false tooth suspended between them. The two crowns rest on the teeth on either side of the gap and the false tooth in the middle completes your smile.
Replacing a missing tooth with a bridge can help you chew better, and it prevents your other teeth from shifting out of place.
To get a bridge, two of your teeth will have to be fitted for crowns.
The process for getting either a dental crown or bridge is the same and usually involves two appointments.
On the first visit, your dentist will prepare your tooth or teeth for the restoration. He or she will trim away the outer layer of the teeth that will get crowns and then scan them with our iTero digital scanner. This appointment will take about half an hour.
Traditionally, dentists design crowns and bridges based upon impressions, or moulds, that they take of the prepared teeth. At our Walsall dental practice, however, we use a digital scanner for speed, accuracy, and improved patient comfort.
You will receive a temporary restoration to protect your prepared teeth until your next visit. At this appointment, we will have your new crown or bridge ready for you. The dentist will check the fit and then cement it in place. This visit is also about half an hour.
These crowns contain no metal parts and blend in beautifully with your natural teeth.
Metal crowns with a porcelain covering bonded to them bring strength, durability, and beauty to your smile.
Gold is an excellent restorative material since it is gentle against tooth enamel.
To find out which restorative material is best for your teeth, contact Allsopp Dental to schedule an appointment with one of our restorative dentists.
No, getting a dental crown does not automatically mean you will need root canal treatment. A crown is a restoration that replaces only the outer layer of your tooth while a root canal is a treatment for the inside of your tooth. If you need root canal treatment, however, then you will most likely need a crown as well to strengthen and protect your tooth.
Whether you need a crown or a bridge depends on which problem you need to treat. A crown is best for restoring individual teeth that still have healthy roots. A bridge is indicated when you need to both replace a lost tooth and restore the neighbouring teeth.
If you want to replace a lost tooth without affecting the neighbouring teeth, then you may want to consider a dental implant. Dr Jonathan Allsopp is a skilled Implantologist here at Allsopp Dental. Dr Allsopp will review your options with you and recommend the restoration that suits your needs best.
A dental bridge fits snugly against your gums, but plaque and food debris can still accumulate in that tight space underneath, increasing your risk of gum disease. You can access this space using different tools such as oral irrigators (water flossers) or floss threaders. Our team here at Allsopp Dental can recommend specific floss products that will work for you.
First, check that both your restoration and tooth are intact. You want to avoid accidentally swallowing any small pieces. Call your dentist to make an emergency appointment. If the dentist cannot see you right away, purchase a temporary dental cement from a nearby pharmacy. Clean your tooth gently and check the fit of your restoration to make sure you put it on correctly. Apply a small dab of cement to the inside of your restoration and place it over your tooth. Avoid biting down on that tooth until you can see a dentist to have your crown or bridge properly replaced.
Here’s how you can plan and schedule gum treatment at Allsopp Dental.
We will examine your teeth and gums, answer your questions, and design a custom treatment plan.
After reviewing your treatment options, we will help you choose a flexible payment plan.