Crowns and Bridges Mullumbimby
Restore the appearance and function of your smile with a Crown or Bridge
Crowns and bridges offer a solution to missing or broken teeth, and can help to improve both the aesthetics of your smile as well as your ability to chew and speak properly. If you have missing or damaged teeth, you can talk to one of our dental professionals about whether a crown or bridge is the right option for you and your teeth.
A crown, sometimes called a ‘cap’, is a prosthetic tooth that completely encircles the damaged or broken tooth in order to restore it to its original form. Crowns are usually used to strengthen severely damaged teeth and are crafted to match the shape and colour of the surrounding teeth so they fit seamlessly into the mouth. There are a number of reasons a person may want to have a crown fitted, some of which include:
- Strengthen broken or damaged teeth
- Protect a weak tooth from further damage
- Cover a tooth that has undergone a root canal treatment
- Restore a tooth that has been ground down due to bruxism
All of our crowns are made from the highest quality materials and will match the shape and colour of surrounding teeth. Whether you are considering a crown for cosmetic reasons or for functional purposes, we will assess the state of your tooth and discuss which option is the right one for you.
Similar to a crown, a bridge is a prosthetic option for patients who have lost more than one tooth. The aptly named bridge does exactly as its namesake suggests, it bridges the gap between two teeth. If you have lost one or more teeth, the two remaining teeth either side of the gap will be prepared for crowns that will anchor the bridge, which consists of one or more prosthetic teeth. All of these prosthetic teeth are fused together to create one complete dental appliance. A bridge is permanently secured into the mouth so you don’t have to deal with messy and unreliable dentures or denture adhesive. One of the major benefits of a bridge is that it prevents the surrounding teeth from moving into the space where a gap has been left in the mouth.
Although your crown or bridge is impervious to decay, it is still very important that you maintain a good oral hygiene routine as your gums are still susceptible to plaque and periodontal disease. Your dentist will instruct you of any particular techniques you might need to be aware of when caring for your new bridge or crown.