Artificial crowns

An artificial crown is often the best way to save a tooth and strengthen it. The crown fits over the prepared existing tooth and replaces the nature crown.

This can be needed as teeth can chip, break or weaken due to:

Bridges

A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. It consists of an artificial tooth anchored to the adjacent natural teeth. If a tooth is lost through an accident, or is too badly decayed to save with a crown, a bridge may be the treatment of choice.

In this case, an implant may also be suitable treatment option.

Materials for Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges are often made of porcelain and metal alloy. Porcelain is strong and can be made to match the colour of the natural teeth. It is resistant to staining and can be cleaned if it becomes stained.

Metal alloy is used for strength, hardness and durability. It is especially useful for molars. Which must withstand the forces of grinding and crushing. Metal alloy and porcelain are well tolerated by the gum and cheek.

Teeth have function apart from chewing and biting, so missing teeth should be replaced:

In most cases, at least two appointments are required for preparation and fitting of crowns and bridges. Sometimes a tooth will need a root canal filling, and possibly a post or foundation, before crown and bridge treatment.