Crowns and bridges

Crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices cemented onto existing teeth or implants by a dentist. Usually, crowns are used to “cap” or cover a damaged tooth or an implant. Bridges on the other hand are mostly used to “cap” or cover a space in case of a missing teeth. Unlike dentures that can be removed and cleaned, crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices; they are cemented onto existing teeth or implants and can only be removed by a dentist.|

When Bridges and crowns are required

Your dentist may recommend getting a crown or bridge implant for any of the following reasons:

    • Replace a large filling in the absence of enough tooth remaining
    • Restore a fractured tooth
    • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
    • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
    • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
    • Cover a dental implant
    • To make a cosmetic modification
    • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth.
    • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down

Procedure Involved in Preparing a Tooth for a Crown

The procedure for preparing a tooth for a crown usually involves two visits to the dentist. The first step is to examine and prepare the tooth, while the second step involves the placement of the permanent crown. The dentist will take x-rays to check the roots of the tooth and surrounding bone to ascertain if the decay on the tooth is extensive or if there is a risk of infection. The dentist will then anesthetize the both the tooth and the surrounding gum tissue. To prepare the tooth receiving the crown, it is filled along the sides and chewing surface to make room for the crown. The tooth to receive the crown is reshaped and then an impression is made. The impressions are sent to a dental lab for the manufacture of the crown. At the second visit, the dentist will check the color and fit of the crown. Then an anesthetic is applied to numb the tooth and the crown is cemented in place.

Blacktown Family dental is equipped to carry out the procedure without pain or discomfort.