Crowns and bridges are fixed dental prosthetics that are cemented onto your teeth to recreate the function, feel and shape of your natural teeth
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.
What does an inlay and onlay do?
An inlay covers only one or two surfaces of the tooth and is used to restore a tooth with small areas of decay or breakage. An onlay actually covers one or more of the chewing surfaces of the tooth. It can offer greater protection for cracked or decayed teeth.
Inlays and onlays are incredibly strong due to the fact that they are made from high quality restorative materials. They can be fabricated from gold or tooth coloured porcelain depending on the stresses placed on the tooth.
This type of restorative option is carefully fabricated by our dental technician and is custom-made from detailed impressions. This ensures the fit and colour shade is exact thereby protecting the tooth from further breakage. It also minimises the risk of future decay from occurring under the restoration as well as blending seamlessly with your surrounding natural teeth.
Inlays and onlays are a great long-term option to restore a tooth to full function.
What are my restorations made of?
We use a range of materials including porcelain and gold. Gold alloy offers a great long-term restorative solution, are strong and highly resistant to fracture and wear.
Gold is very versatile in its application, which allows us to remove the least amount of healthy tooth structure when preparing the tooth for the restoration. Gold alloys are also gentle to opposing teeth.
Why is gold alloy good for restorations?
Gold has very similar characteristics to that of natural teeth in wear and flexibility with relation to expansion and contraction when eating or drinking hot and cold foods and drinks, making it a better choice than amalgam.
Gold is hypoallergenic, making it the perfect option for people who are sensitive to some materials.
As gold is not as appealing for some people as tooth coloured restorations, they are mainly placed on molars and teeth towards the back of the mouth. However some people choose to have teeth towards the front restored with gold.
Crowns and bridges at All About Teeth Townsville
Depending on the area for restoration, we will explain the different materials available and the benefits they can offer. Our goal is to offer the most appropriate long-term treatment option so that your health and function is maintained.
For all our patients, we accept cash, cheque, Eftpos and all major credit cards. We also have an integrated HICAPS machine which means you get your private health fund rebates back quickly and easily.
For more information on our restoration techniques or to book in a consultation, contact the team at All About Teeth Townsville today.