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Dental Crowns and Bridges at Parramatta Dental Clinic
When you have teeth that are structurally compromised, you need a durable solution to preserve your smile. From the way you eat and speak to how you look in photos, our ceramic dental restorations are made to be with you for the long haul. Restoring your broken or missing teeth also helps to protect the rest of your smile. When you can’t chew on one side, the other will wear down abnormally. Extra space (after tooth loss) can lead to changes in overall tooth alignment. Our porcelain crowns and bridges at Parramatta Dental Clinic function and look like a part of your natural smile.
Protective Dental Crowns
Crowns cover your tooth, protecting it against the pressures of everyday wear. They’re used on structurally compromised teeth that aren’t possible to repair with fillings. You may need a crown if you’ve experienced the following:
• Root canal treatment
• Large cavity
• Cracks or fractures
• Replacing a large filling
• Excessive wear
Fixed Dental Bridges
Bridges look like a row of 3-4 crowns but are fused together as a single unit. On either end is a functional crown that slips over a supporting tooth (or dental implant) to suspend the bridge over the gums where your teeth are missing.
Since bridges aren’t removable, most people prefer them to a partial denture. However, you will need to have teeth that are healthy enough to support your restoration before you can consider it as a treatment option. We recommend a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for a bridge.
Cleaning Around Crowns and Bridges
Even though ceramic crowns and bridges don’t get cavities, the teeth underneath them can. You’ll need to carefully brush and floss around your restorations daily, to keep them clean at the margin (near the gums). Use floss or a water flosser to reach areas between teeth and under bridges, which are especially prone to infection.
What to Expect
Crown and bridge treatments typically require two appointments. During your first visit we’ll prep the supporting teeth. This process involves removing damaged tooth structure and reducing the shape of the tooth so that a restoration can slip over it and still fit in alignment with the rest of your bite. We’ll take an impression of your tooth, for our lab to use during the design process.
About two weeks later, you’ll pop back into our office to have your temporary crown(s) removed and the permanent restoration bonded in place.