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Dental Crowns & Bridges Procedure

Dental crowns and bridges are two common restorative dentistry treatments used to repair or replace damaged or missing teeth.

A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to protect and restore its shape, size, and function. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramics, and metal alloys, and are custom-made to match the colour of your natural teeth. Once the crown is in place, it covers the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gumline and helps to prevent further damage.

A dental bridge is a type of prosthetic device that is used to replace missing teeth. Bridges consist of one or more false teeth (pontics) that are attached to crowns or other support structures on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth or teeth. The crowns are placed over the existing teeth next to the gap, and the pontics are suspended in the gap, filling the space created by the missing teeth. Bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramics, and metal alloys, and are custom-made to match the colour of your natural teeth. Dental bridges are the best alternative to dental implants and are typically more cost-effective. 

Both dental crowns and bridges can improve the appearance of your smile and restore the function of your teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with confidence. Dentists at Surrey Hills can help you determine which treatment is right for you based on the extent of your dental damage or decay and your individual needs. Visit us for emergency dental treatments, root canal treatment, orthodontics and all other dental health needs.

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Why do I need dental Crowns and Bridges?

1. Tooth Restoration

Dental crowns are commonly used to restore teeth that are damaged due to decay, trauma, or wear. They provide your teeth with structural support to prevent further damage. On the other hand, bridges replace missing teeth by anchoring artificial teeth (pontics) to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants, restoring function and aesthetics.

2. Aesthetic Improvement

Dental crowns and bridges help you to get a better smile by improving the shape, size, colour, and alignment of your teeth. For example, crowns can cover discoloured or misshapen teeth, while bridges can fill gaps left by missing teeth, restoring a natural and attractive smile.

3. Functional Restoration

If you have a missing or chipped tooth, it can cause difficulties in properly chewing or even when smiling. Here’s where dental crowns and bridges can help to restore proper functionality. It corrects your teeth alignment and fills the missing bits to allow you to chew food more effectively and smile without fear.

4. Strengthening Fractured Teeth

If naturally or due to unfortunate accidents, your teeth are fractured, dental crowns can help you strengthen these fractured teeth. By encasing the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gumline, crowns provide reinforcement and prevent further damage, allowing you to retain your natural teeth.

5. Long-Term Oral Health

And finally, dental crowns and bridges can also help in maintaining your overall oral health. It preserves your natural teeth structure and prevents complications such as gum disease or bone loss.

FAQs on Dental Crowns and Bridges

The cost for a dental crown in Surrey Hills Dentist starts at around $1900 per tooth. A bridge involves two dental crowns + a Pontic (~$1200) therefore a 3-unit bridge will be around $1900×2 + $1200 i.e. around $5000 for a dental bridge.

A dental crown typically lasts around 10 years but with proper care, it can last even longer.

You might need a dental crown if you have:

  • Severely decayed teeth that cannot be treated with dental fillings.
  • A cracked or fractured tooth.
  • A tooth is weakened by a large dental filling.
  • Discoloured or misshapen teeth.
  • A dental implant requires a crown for restoration.

Metal crowns (such as gold or alloys) are incredibly durable and resistant to wear while zirconia crowns can last 10-15 years or more with proper care.

If you don’t have dental insurance, a dental bridge can cost up to $1,800 per tooth. That is why it is crucial to have signed up for proper insurance plans that cover both dental emergency treatments and non-emergency dental clinic visits.

It can take 2 to 3 weeks to feel normal after getting a dental bridge.

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