A crown is a restoration procedure that covers the whole tooth, like a helmet, increasing its durability and function. It is a common procedure for teeth that are heavily filled or have had root canal therapy. A bridge is a procedure to replace a missing tooth. Losing a permanent tooth, whether due to decay, trauma or gum disease, may cause the neighbouring teeth to tip inwards or drift. Crowns/Bridges can be made of porcelain, gold, porcelain fused to metal, depending on the situation and cosmetic considerations.
Normally a few visits are required to complete a crown/bridge. The first appointment is to prepare the tooth/teeth and to take impressions to send to the laboratory. If aesthetics are a concern, we will urge you to visit the ceramics laboratory to have the colour of your teeth matched for optimal results. The second appointment is to try in the crown/bridge and, if both you and your dentist are happy, to cement it.
It is advisable to have an occlusal splint made after getting a crown/bridge to protect it from wear and breakage, particularly if you tend to grind or clench during sleep.