Dental crowns restore the strength and durability of broken, decayed and damaged teeth, while dental bridges can fill the gaps where teeth are missing.
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are restorative covers that encase the entire tooth. They are beneficial as they restore the function, strength and aesthetics of the tooth.
Who needs a dental crown?
The many reasons to why you may need a dental crown includes:
- Restore a weak, decayed or cracked tooth
- Cover a misshapen tooth
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Placed on top of a dental implant
- Cover up tooth discolouration or other cosmetic concerns
What is the dental crown procedure?
Dental crown treatment begins with an initial consultation at van der Walt Dental, where our team will decide whether a crown is suitable for you or not.
If we decide a dental crown is suitable for you, we will begin treatment by removing a layer of your entire tooth on all sides, to make room for the dental crown.
Dental impressions will be taken before and after a layer of your tooth is removed. The impressions will be sent off to a dental laboratory where your crown will be fabricated. In the meantime, we will fit a temporary crown to your tooth.
When our team receives your crown from the lab, which could be a few weeks later, you will be called back in.
The permanent crown will be cemented down onto your tooth.
What is a dental bridge?
Dental bridges restore missing teeth with artificial ones that are connected by a bridge of teeth. The bridge is held in place by either dental crowns or a porcelain framework attached to the backside of abutment teeth (adjacent teeth).
The types of dental bridges:
Traditional dental bridge:
Traditional dental bridges are held in place by dental crowns which are cemented down onto the abutment teeth. This requires healthy adjacent teeth on both sides and is quite a popular treatment.
Cantilever dental bridge:
The Cantilever dental bridge is similar to the traditional bridge; however, the only difference is it only requires one dental crown supporting the bridge. This means you only need one healthy adjacent tooth to support the bridge.
Maryland dental bridge:
The Maryland dental bridge requires two healthy abutment teeth; however, it doesn’t use crowns. Instead the Maryland bridge uses a metal or porcelain framework which is attached to the backside of adjacent teeth.
What is the dental bridge procedure?
The procedure for a dental bridge begins with an initial consultation where the team at van der Walt Dental will decide if a dental bridge is the suitable treatment for you.
If a dental bridge is the suitable treatment for you, our team will take impressions of your smile which will be sent off to a dental laboratory.
For the traditional and cantilever bridges which require crowns, we will also have to file down the adjacent teeth to make room for dental crowns. These will also require impressions that will sent to the dental laboratory.
While your dental bridge is being fabricated, we will provide temporary crowns to protect your teeth.
Once your bridge is ready and our team has received it, you will be called back in to have it placed. The bridge will be cemented in place to offer durability and strength.
Dental crown and bridge treatment in Bundaberg
If you require restorative dentistry for either missing teeth or damaged teeth, please get in touch with the friendly and experienced dental team at van der Walt Dental today.