Sometimes a tooth has a very large cavity or may be weak or broken. It may even be unsightly, and doing a filling may not improve its appearance. In this case, we may recommend that a crown is fitted to the tooth, which completely encloses the tooth, giving protection and restoring functionality.
We offer crowns made from different materials, and we will advise you on the most suitable type of crown for your tooth. Different factors we look at are the appearance of the crown when in the mouth, the required strength, and also the amount of tooth remaining to hold the crown in place.
The different types of materials we can choose from are:-
- Zirconium- Emax All Porcelain- Zirconium + Emax- Precious Metal Covered in Porcelain- Gold Crown
Dental bridges are false teeth which are held in place by being anchored to neighbouring teeth. The ‘false tooth’ on the bridge will look as though it is coming from your gum and, thanks to advanced technology, is hard to distinguish from your real teeth.
Bridges can be any size and are recommended when one or more teeth are missing that effect:
- your smile and appearance- the way you bite your teeth together- your speech- the shape of your face they can be recommended for a variety of cosmetic and also functional purposes.
Types Of Bridges
- Traditional Fixed Bridges - This involves the adjacent tooth or teeth to be shaped so the bridge abutments can fit over these adjacent teeth, and the false tooth is attached to the abutments. The bridge is stuck over the shaped adjacent teeth and is fixed into place.
- Resin Bonded Wing Bridges - This involves a metal or ceramic wing holding the false tooth which is stuck on to the back of the adjacent tooth. This requires minimal shaping of the adjacent tooth, and the wing is stuck on with dental adhesive.
- Everstick Bridge - This type of bridge is fairly new, and we are amongst a small number of practices that offer this solution. Quite simply, if there is a missing tooth, and the teeth on either side are in a good condition, we build up and attach a tooth in between. we use a special resin impregnated fibre which is stuck on permanently behind the adjacent teeth, and the everstick fibre spans the gap. We then build up a tooth freehand which is attached to the fibre and the adjacent teeth. The tooth is built up using different shades and translucencies of composite filling material and matches the adjacent teeth well. This method is very conservative on the adjacent teeth, and can also be done in case of an emergency, as no laboratory work is required. Sometimes, we will even remove a badly broken or loose tooth, and do the everstick bridge in the same visit, allowing the patient to walk in and out with a tooth.