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Dental Crowns & Bridges

Dental Crowns & Bridges

What is a crown?

A dental crown is a tooth coloured cap which is placed over your natural tooth.

It is a permanent fixed solution which should preserve your natural tooth underneath, this should feel natural, be functional and look like a normal tooth.

Do I need a dental crown?

You may need a dental crown if you experience any of the following symptoms.

  • A worn or damaged tooth

  • Severe tooth decay

  • Brittle or cracked tooth

  • Discoloured or misshapen teeth.

  • Follow on treatment after a root canal treatment

What is a dental bridge?

· A dental bridge is a permanent solution for missing teeth. It can replace missing teeth without having surgery.

· It consists of a false tooth with 2 or more full coverage crowns on teeth either side of the missing tooth.

The benefits of having a dental bridge.

· Having a dental bridge means you can have the confidence to smile again.

· Prevent food from trapping therefore preventing tooth decay.

· Replacing a missing tooth can also protect your other teeth and prevent them from tipping over into the space, or moving into the space, changing your bite.

 The cons of having a dental bridge.

· The cost of a dental bridge is more than having dentures.

· Will need to replace in about 7 - 10 years.

· Have to file down adjacent teeth to attach a dental bridge.

· A dental bridge doesn't take into account mouth changes like bone loss or gum recession.

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