CROWN AND BRIDGE
Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
A Dental Crown is a full tooth caps that fit over your natural tooth and is cemented into place. These are custom made to fit perfectly, restoring the shape and function of the tooth. With the use of our state of the art CAD-CAM machines, these crowns will be made in-house, and in certain circumstances can be made and fitted in one day.
A Dental Bridge is also a great treatment for replacing missing teeth and filling gaps where you may have lost more than one tooth.
How long will a crown/bridge last?
You can expect a new crown to last 5-15 years. With regular dental health checkups and good hygiene your crown may last 25-30 years.
Why should missing teeth be replaced?
Appearance and better function of the mouth. The gap left by a missing tooth can mean greater strain is put on the teeth on each side. The bite can be affected because the teeth on each side of the missing tooth can move into the gap and alter the way the upper and lower teeth meet. Food can get into the gap and decay and gum disease can develop.
Crown and Bridge Materials
Zirconia –Zirconium is becoming one of the most chosen materials for dental crowns. Unlike ceramic crowns, Zirconia crowns are not only excellent for restoring front teeth but can also be used for back molar teeth due to their high strength and aesthetically pleasing finish avoiding the dark metal base.
PRICE FROM: £500
Emax — These are used for restoring front teeth, and are popular in this area for their ability to blend with your natural tooth colour. The crown is made of a porcelain-based material which is strong and aesthetically pleasing with no dark metal base.
PRICE FROM: £500
Porcelain-fused to metal – This crown provides a stronger bond than regular porcelain because it is connected to a metal structure. It's also extremely durable.
PRICE FROM: £350
Gold alloys – This crown is a mix of gold, copper and other metals. In addition to providing a strong bond to the tooth, it doesn't fracture, nor does it wear away the tooth itself due to its malleability.
PRICE FROM: £600