Dental Crowns and Bridges

What are dental crowns?

In order to strengthen and prevent teeth from becoming damaged, getting chipped or broken and deteriorating further, a crown, which is a tooth shaped cover, is placed over it. It could also be placed on top of a dental implant for shape and structure.

A crown can also improve a person’s appearance and perform the normal functions of natural teeth.

What are crowns made of?

A crown is made of metal, porcelain or sometimes both. The tooth becomes stronger and looks better because the porcelain can be made to match the natural colour of your teeth.

When are dental crowns recommended?

At Murwillumbah Dental, our team of dental professionals can recommend crowns for the following reasons:

  • When repairing and strengthening tooth decay or a damaged tooth.
  • When a root canal treatment needs to be done, sealed and completed.
  • When you want your teeth to look and feel better for cosmetic purposes.
  • When a bridge needs to be supported, a crown may be one of the options.
  • When a large filling needs replacing because too much of the tooth has been broken off.
  • When it needs to protect a weak tooth from breaking.

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are artificial teeth that are also known as false teeth. They are used to replace one or more missing teeth in your mouth. They are anchored onto your neighbouring teeth to help with support.

Bridges help you chew food, speak, bite and keep the shape of your face.

What are the benefits for dental crowns and bridges?

  • Crowns provide strength to damaged teeth.
  • The shape, appearance, and function of a tooth can be improved with crowns and bridges.
  • Gaps cause teeth to move out of their places, bridges can be used to prevent teeth from shifting
  • Both can make it easier to speak and eat.
  • Both, crowns and bridges can help with keeping the shape of your face.
  • Both, bridges and crowns are durable.
  • Bridges and crowns can last a long time.
  • Both crowns and bridges are tooth shaped and can cover an entire surface of a tooth.
  • Crowns can protect teeth that are unable to get fillings.