Missing or damaged teeth can not only take a toll on your aesthetic appearance, they can also cause physical discomfort and hinder your speaking and chewing abilities.
If your tooth is missing, broken or damaged due to injury or oral health concerns, patients have several options to replace missing teeth.
Dental Crowns are often used if there has been extensive structural damage to your tooth, your tooth has had root canal treatment or as the final restoration following the placement of a dental implant.
How does a dental crown work?
Dental crowns fully encase a tooth; this is why they are often referred to as a cap for the tooth. Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain with a gold base or gold alone.
Crowns are constructed following a detailed preparation and impression taking process.
- The information and moulds taken at your appointment will be sent to our dental technician who will carefully and precisely fabricate your crown
- Approximately two weeks later, your custom-made crown will be fitted and you will be able to function as you would normally
Surprisingly, your crown needs no extra attention, just your normal daily oral care routine.
If you are missing one or more teeth, a dental bridge may be the best tooth replacement option. This treatment utilises the adjacent teeth as supports for false teeth, which fill the space.
How does a dental bridge work?
Dental bridges are an excellent way to improve the appearance of your smile whilst restoring function.
A dental bridge is used to span the gap in the mouth where one or more teeth are missing. A crown is set on each end of the bridge and connects to the teeth on both sides of the space that needs to be filled. A false tooth (or set of teeth) will connect both crowns and fills this spot where the natural teeth are missing.
Inlays and onlays
Restoring your tooth to its original strength and function can be done with the use of an inlay or an onlay. These excellent options offer an ideal way to treat teeth that have a moderate to high level of decay or breakage.
Substantially stronger than a direct filling, inlays and onlays can be the best option in many restorative situations.