Crowns and Bridges
A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment.
- A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function.
- We offer porcelain bonded crowns and ceramic crowns which can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth.
- A post crown is a combination of a post that extends into the root canal of your tooth and a dental crown, they are used when there is not enough of your own tooth structure left for a normal crown.
If only one or two of your teeth are missing, the dentist may recommend a bridge. This consists of two crowns, which are placed on your natural teeth either side of the space, with a false tooth in the middle.
Bridges are made of porcelain and/or metal and there are many designs. Your dentist will prepare your natural teeth on either side of the space for the crowns to fit on top. These crowns are permanently attached to a false tooth in the centre.
- Your dentist will cement the bridge in place, so you can’t remove it for cleaning. To keep your natural teeth healthy, clean the gap under the bridge with a special dental floss. Ask your dentist to show you how to floss under your bridge.
- Another type of bridge called an adhesive bridge has wings that your dentist bonds to the back of your supporting teeth. Ask the dentist which type is the best option for you.
For further information on any of our services or to book an appointment, call us on 020 8500 3339.