No one likes a missing or broken tooth! Large gaps between your teeth not only look unsightly, but can alter your bite, increase strain on surrounding teeth and cause gum disease or decay. Fortunately, porcelain crowns and bridges can solve the issue.
And the great news is that here at The Waterside Dental Clinic we have a special interest in porcelain crowns and bridges and have a wealth of experience in their use, enabling us to restore your teeth to their former glory!
What are porcelain crowns and bridges?
Crowns and bridges are made of porcelain and other ceramic-like materials, and are fashioned such that they fit over the top of a suitably prepared tooth, to mimic the aesthetics and function of our natural teeth.
Although there are aesthetic benefits to this treatment, the main reason for placing crowns is to strengthen damaged teeth so they can withstand the large forces we exert on them when we eat. And thanks to the latest developments, porcelain crowns can now blend in seamlessly with your other teeth.
Bridges are prepared in a comparable way to crowns and look very similar. They are used as a fixed way of replacing missing teeth and are a fabulous alternative to removable partial dentures.
Are crowns and bridges suitable for me?
Crowns are used for a number of reasons, mainly where veneers or dental bonding restorations don’t provide a strong enough solution.
- For heavily decayed teeth
- For heavily fractured teeth
- For heavily eroded teeth
- For teeth with a large cavity
- Following root canal treatment
- To cover a dental implant
- For cosmetic reasons