Crowns and Bridges

What is a Crown?

A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural ‘cap’.

Why Would I Need a Crown?

Crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. A crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for instance:

• You may have discoloured fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth.
• You may have had a root filling which will need a crown to protect it.
• It may help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.

What is a Bridge?

A bridge provides a permanent fixed replacement for missing teeth and can restore a confident smile.

A bridge is made by placing a crown on the teeth on either side of the gap and attaching a false tooth or teeth in between the crowns. A specialist dental laboratory carefully constructs the bridge after an impression (mould) is taken of your mouth.

The bridge is made of porcelain and gold alloy (for strength). Like crowns, the “teeth” are coloured and shaped to feel and look like real teeth.

Bridges are particularly popular with people who have a gap in their mouth but prefer not to wear a denture.