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DENTAL CROWNS AND DENTAL BRIDGES

Dental crowns and dental bridges are popular cosmetic dentistry procedures which focus on improving the appearance of your mouth, teeth and smile. And although cosmetic dentistry procedures are usually elective, rather than essential, both crown and bridges treatments also provide restorative benefits.

What are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge may be required if you are missing one or more teeth. Dental bridges span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are usually fixed to the natural teeth on either side of the empty space, which serve as anchors for the bridge. An alternative to bridges for the replacement of missing teeth are dental implants.

Advantages of Dental Bridges

There are several positive effects of dental bridges, firstly, dental bridges are an effective solution for the replacement of missing teeth in the mouth, offering both functional and aesthetic correction.

  • In terms of function, the bridge allows a patient to chew and eat normally as there is no longer a gap in the jaw and the bridge can assist with the chewing of food.
  • It can also help individuals to speak without inhibition, filling the gap in the teeth which may alter the placement of the tongue and the way sounds are made in the mouth.
  • Aesthetically, a dental bridge can compensate for the loss of the original teeth, particularly if the bridge is closely matched in color to the surrounding teeth.
  • This can help to improve self-esteem and confidence in patients who are uncomfortable about their appearance with missing teeth.

Dental bridges can also offer benefits for the long-term structure of the mouth. Under normal circumstances, a gap in the jaw causes the teeth to gradually shift position, which can cause problems in the bite. In contrast, when the bridge is used to replace the missing teeth, the teeth on either side are held firmly in place to reduce the risk of movement and consequent problems of the bite.

A short time is usually needed for a patient to become accustomed to the feel of the dental bridge. Unlike dentures, bridges do not need to be removed regularly for cleaning and can be cleaned like natural teeth.

What are Dental Crowns?

Crowns are used to strengthen teeth that are badly broken down, have large existing fillings or have had root canal treatment.

A dental crown is used to cover the outer surface or “cap” of a damaged tooth and can also be placed on dental implants when replacing missing teeth.

Dental crowns can be made from a variety of different types of materials depending on the main requirement. This can vary from requiring strength to aesthetics or a combination of both. Your dentist at Blackburn Clinic Dental Centre will help you decide on the type of crown best suited to your clinical situation. Most crowns can be matched very well with the colour of your natural teeth.

Once in bonded in place, the final colour of the crown is stable and will not change. In view of this many patients consider it worthwhile to have tooth whitening carried out to enhance their overall smile prior to the selection of the crowns final colour.

Advantages of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns provide an adequate solution to a range of dental problems. They are able to:

  • Support a tooth that has been significantly damaged by decay
  • Protect a tooth that has worn away from being damaged further
  • Protect  a tooth after a root canal procedure
  • Hold a cracked or broken tooth together
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Improve the appearance of a tooth by changing its shape or color

Dental crowns are a good long-term option because they are durable and long lasting, which increases patient satisfaction with the treatment.

Treatment with dental crowns has a high success rate with respect to either other dental restoration methods or no treatment at all. This has been supported by various scientific studies which researched their use1-5.

Our dentists are highly skilled in performing cosmetic dental procedures. If you would like to know more about dental crowns and dental bridges please call our clinic today on 03 9878 1597.

Any dental procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, please seek an opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

 

 

References

  1. Larsson, Christel, and Ann Wennerberg. “The clinical success of zirconia-based crowns: a systematic review.” International Journal of Prosthodontics1 (2014).

 

  1. Walton, Terry R. “The up to 25-year survival and clinical performance of 2,340 high gold-based metal-ceramic single crowns.” International Journal of Prosthodontics2 (2013).

 

  1. Anusavice, Kenneth J. “Standardizing failure, success, and survival decisions in clinical studies of ceramic and metal–ceramic fixed dental prostheses.” Dental Materials1 (2012): 102-111.

 

  1. Zarone, Fernando, Simona Russo, and Roberto Sorrentino. “From porcelain-fused-to-metal to zirconia: clinical and experimental considerations.” Dental materials1 (2011): 83-96.

 

  1. Rinke, S., et al. “A practice‐based clinical evaluation of the survival and success of metal‐ceramic and zirconia molar crowns: 5‐year results.” Journal of oral rehabilitation2 (2016): 136-144.

 

 

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