crown & bridgework
A dental crown is a tooth-lookalike “cap” that is placed over a tooth — it covers the tooth completely and improve its appearance.
The crown, when cemented into place, utilises the entire tooth surface to alter the appearance or to build up something that is too broken down or weak to withstand normal chewing forces.
Why would you need a Dental Crown?
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
- If you have a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) to prevent it from breaking
- To restore a broken or a severly worn down tooth
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- If you have misshapened or severely discolored teeth
- If you need to cover a dental implant
- If you want to make a cosmetic modification to your teeth.
Crowns are made from a number of materials including high strength ceramic, a combination of metal and ceramic or a high gold alloy alone. All ceramic crowns made of materials such as Procera can produce near perfect results.
The same technique used in crowns, can be used to fill up the spaces where teeth are missing. This is called bridgework.
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental bridges literally bridge the gap created.
A dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth which are supported on each side of the gap by natural teeth or implants with a false tooth/teeth inbetween. This is then bonded into place such that it functions like the original teeth.
The crowns and false teeth can be made from porcelain, or a combination of different materials and look exactly like natural teeth.
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“The problem before the treatment was that I had a broken tooth. It was on a molar which I would normally have chewed on so it couldn’t be left as it was. So, I was hoping that they may be able to repair with a filling or something, but unfortunately it was past repairing so that was when we decided we go through bridge treatment.
When I had the bridge done of course it gave me the chance of alternating between both sides eating food, which made it much more comfortable.
Paul, who treated me, was a dentist I had seen a number of times before and I was always very happy with the advice that he gave me, so I was very happy that he continued looking after me, he did a brilliant job and it all worked out really well. He explained and talked through not only the bridge work but alternatives if I didn’t choose to go down that route. So, in the end, I chose the bridge route but it was very well done.
I would recommend this practice, bearing in mind I’ve been coming here for 50/55 years – that says something.
The fact that I could probably find somewhere a lot closer to me and that I’m still very very happy coming here due to the way I have been looked after.”
Ian – Dental Bridge Patient
The emphasis has always been on prevention rather than “repair” so visits to the hygienist have been rewarding in this regard. Again all treatment whether by Patrick or the hygienists has been very gentle.
The staff are friendly & caring; the osteopath Steve Harper has gently helped to ease my arthritic knee condition and other aches with no discomfort. He has taken a lot of trouble to tackle and relieve my achey body. Thank you Steve!
I know it’s about 8 miles from bristol but unlike travelling anywhere in Bristol you can usually rely on traffic not being heavy most of the day and so don’t need to allow masses of extra time to be on the safe side. And parking is easy so one doesn’t arrive for treatment feeling stressed and exhausted!” Bina H