A crown is a 'cap' that is placed over the entire visible portion of your tooth and will look like a natural tooth. Advances in ceramics now allow us to create crowns which are indistinguishable from your own natural teeth.
Crowns are used to restore and improve the aesthetics and function of teeth that are heavily filed or broken down. Aesthetic crowns are used in areas of the mouth where aesthetics are paramount. They are made of porcelain, or porcelain firmly bonded onto a precious metal sub-structure. A crown can strengthen your teeth when fillings become too large to stay in place.
Used correctly, crowns can improve your smile, strengthen weak teeth and restore your ability to chew in some areas. They are also used on back teeth after root treatments to re-inforce the tooth.
Porcelain only crowns are metal free and look very natural, unlike traditional old-style crowns which often display a distinctive metal line adjacent to the gum.
Porcelain fused to metal combines the appearance of porcelain with the added strength of metal. This is generally the choice of material used at the back of the mouth.
To prepare the tooth for a crown, it is prepared so that the crown can fit over it. An impression of the teeth and gums is taken and sent off to the lab for the crown fabrication. A temporary crown is fitted over the tooth until the permanent crown is ready. On the next visit, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and cement the permanent crown onto the tooth.
A bridge can provide a permanent solution for the replacement of missing teeth. When a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth can move and drift into the empty space, which can cause problems with your jaw joint and bite. Here at Read and Watters, our bridges are hand crafted by one of the leading dental labs in the country to ensure a perfect fit and colour match.