Crowns & Bridges
Crown and Bridges can fill gaps in teeth or improve teeth if they are damaged
Dental crowns, also known as caps, are synthetically created teeth utilised to cover a damaged tooth. Natural teeth can be damaged for many reasons. A dental crown procedure may be performed to address broken or fractured teeth, cosmetic reasons, decayed teeth, filling cracks, or to restore a tooth that has recently undergone a root canal. Other additional dental treatments may be necessary based on the patient’s dental issue.
Types of Dental Crowns
Metal-Free Crowns (E-max, Resin and etc.)
Porcelain fused to metal crowns
Metal Crowns (precious or non-precious metal)
Dental crowns can restore damaged teeth. A dental crown will encase and protect the natural tooth with a covering. Dental crowns can be matched to the colour of the patient’s smile which allows the crown to look natural and blend into the smile. Dental crowns can help repair functional issues with the bite. Crowns can also help seal a tooth crack. Dental crowns can help boost confidence and self-esteem.
If you require a more extensive restoration than a crown or have more than one tooth that needs to be repaired, a good solution is a bridge.
Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base which gives them a solid structure and makes them hard-wearing. If you need a bridge in your smile line we use full porcelain or ceramic base to make it look more like real teeth. A bridge helps to strengthen the prepared teeth and makes chewing and eating easier because they are fixed and can’t come out.
Some bridges can also be fixed to your jaw with dental implants if you have several teeth next to each other that are missing.
Once you have a bridge fitted, you will have to take extra care of your daily hygiene regime to ensure it stays plaque free and that you can prevent bad breath.
Dental Crown Treatment Candidates
Dental crown candidates may have a weak, decaying, loose, or worn-down tooth. Candidates for a dental crown procedure will meet with Dr Vaida Cebatoriute for a comprehensive consultation.
Dr Vaida Cebatoriute will perform a thorough oral exam and various other tests, including a digital exam to assess the oral health of the patient. If a dental crown procedure is needed, we will create a customised treatment plan for the patient based on their specific dental needs and expertise.
We will spend time with the patient discussing the pre-and post-procedure details. During this appointment, patients are encouraged to ask Dr Vaida any questions or concerns about the procedure.
Dental Bridge Candidates
Most patients missing between one and three consecutive teeth are good candidates for dental bridges. Suitable candidates must be in reasonably good oral and general health, free from gum disease. Patients with gum disease should have their periodontal issues treated before having bridges placed.
In order to be fitted with conventional dental bridges, patients must have teeth that are sufficiently strong and healthy to support the crowns on either side of the bridge. In order to be fitted with implant-supported bridges, candidates must have good jawbone density. Patients with insufficiently dense jawbones may be able to undergo implant surgery after undergoing a bone grafting procedure.
Dental Bridge Procedure
A minimum of two dental visits is required to complete dental bridgework. During the first visit, we may need to file down the abutment teeth so that the dental crown fits over each leaving enough room in between for the replacement tooth. The second step in the dental bridge procedure is to take an impression. This gives the laboratory an exact mould to use when creating your bridge. We will make a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the permanent version is being made.
To complete the dental bridge procedure, you will need a second appointment. Your dentist will remove your temporary and the new permanent bridge will be put in place. Placement usually involves some adjustments to get the fit just right.