Dental Crowns & Bridges

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What are dental bridges/crowns?

Dental crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetics that are used to restore and replace damaged or missing teeth. For aesthetic purposes, they can enhance your natural smile. Dental crowns are usually made from a tooth-coloured porcelain (ceramic) and act as a tooth cap, covering one existing tooth at a time, much like a helmet. Dental bridges consist of a prosthetic tooth, also made of porcelain/ceramic, that replaces a missing tooth and is held in place by attaching crowns or a framework to the neighbouring teeth.

Dental crowns and bridges are extremely durable and restore tooth function and appearance. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, crowns and bridges can last up to 15 years, making them a great investment.

FAQs
What is a dental crown and what does it involve?
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A dental crown is a prosthetic that covers the whole tooth. It is usually made from porcelain to match the appearance of your other teeth but can also be made from silver or gold. Dental crowns are used to cover teeth that are significantly decayed, chipped, or broken and have lost more than 50% of their structure.

Before you are fitted with a crown, your tooth may need to be very slightly filed down or filled in to create a certain shape. A mold of your tooth will be taken to create a unique tooth cap, tailored to perfectly fit your smile. Book an appointment today at our Bayside studio.

This tooth cap will then be permanently attached to your tooth with an adhesive. Once this is completed, it’ll blend in seamlessly with your other natural teeth, allowing you to bite and chew normally while protecting your tooth.

What is a dental bridge and what does it involve?
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A dental bridge is a prosthetic that is used to replace a missing tooth to close or bridge the gap between the neighbouring teeth. The bridge is attached to the teeth on either side of the gap and covered with a dental crown to hold it in place. A bridge is usually made from porcelain that is fused to metal.

To prepare for your dental bridge, the two teeth on either side of the gap may need to be slightly filed. A mold is then taken, and a bridge is tailor-made to fit your smile. It’s then attached to your existing teeth and cemented into place. Book an appointment today.

What is the difference between a dental crown and a dental bridge?
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Dental crowns and bridges are related treatments, with slight differences between them.

A dental crown is used to cover an existing tooth, while a dental bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. A crown fits over your tooth and is used to restore its function and appearance whereas a bridge treats a missing tooth by bridging a gap and crowning the neighbouring teeth to hold it in place.

How are dental crowns and bridges made?
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Dental crowns and bridges are custom-made to fit your natural smile. Before they are created, molds of your teeth are taken to ensure a perfect fit. They are then sent to a laboratory to be created. This way, your treatment is not only a perfect fit for your mouth, but an exact match in colour, shape and texture of your natural teeth.

How long do crowns and bridges last?
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These tooth caps generally last between 5-15 years. How long they last will vary depending on your individual needs and how well they’re maintained. If you practice regular oral hygiene, including regular dental check-ups, you can expect your crown or bridge to last over 10 years. Invest in you and your health. Book an appointment today. Book an appointment today.

What are the different types of dental crowns and bridges?
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There are various different varieties when it comes to dental crowns and bridges. Our highly qualified team will determine which treatment is best suited to you at your Studio Smiles appointment.

The different types of crowns include:

Porcelain
Recommended for a front or visible tooth, as it aesthetically matches your natural teeth.

Gold metal alloy:
Gold in colour and extremely durable, gold tooth caps are also recommended for molars as they are less visible and are used for chewing.

The different types of dental bridges include:

Traditional:
A prosthetic used to replace a missing tooth, held in place with crowns placed on the neighbouring teeth.

Cantilever:
Similar to a traditional bridge, but with only one crown to cover a tooth on one side of the gap.

Maryland:
Uses a metal or porcelain framework to hold the prosthetic tooth in place, which is bonded with resin to the backs of the neighbouring teeth.

Implant-supported:
Uses dental implants to replace each missing tooth and to create support, without using crowns or frameworks.

Will my treatment hurt?
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Here at Studio Smiles, we take pride in our emphasis on pain-free dentistry. We understand that going to the dentist can be daunting and that there are certain procedures you may find uncomfortable, so we use the latest techniques and technology to make you feel as comfortable as we possibly can. We also offer oral and IV sedation to take the edge off where needed, which means you can wake up to the smile of your dreams without remembering a thing! Book an appointment today.

How much will this cost me?
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Costs will vary depending on the individual and the treatment necessary. We believe in a transparent approach, so we make it a rule to provide all relevant treatment options and costs, including the advantages and disadvantages where relevant. This is an important part of our informed consent process. Patients may choose to opt for one of our interest-free payment plans to have their smile transformed now, while having the flexibility to pay later on their own terms. Payment plans can help alleviate the financial barriers to a healthy mouth. We want to make sure you feel completely comfortable with the next steps throughout your entire journey. Book an appointment today.

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