Crowns and Bridges
A missing or damaged tooth can impact your oral health and the way you feel about your smile. Our Hornsby dentists, Ben and Clint, provide a number of choices to repair smiles using highly aesthetic tooth-coloured restorations.
What Is a Dental Crown?
A dental crown, also called a cap, covers tooth structure to protect it and to add support when chewing. Unlike dental fillings, crowns cover the entire tooth and can reduce sensitivity and discomfort as well as prevent the need for an extraction.
Some common conditions leading to a dental crown recommendation include:
- Broken or fractured tooth
- Tooth with a root canal
- Deep decay
- Discoloured or misshapen tooth
- Rebuilding a worn tooth
In most cases, patients choose a porcelain, tooth-coloured crown because it matches and complements the appearance of natural teeth. In other cases, a full gold crown or a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown may provide a more suitable option.
Ben and Clint will discuss your options and help you make a choice that you feel confident about.
Dental Bridges to Replace Missing Teeth
A dental bridge requires dental crowns on one or more healthy teeth adjacent to your missing tooth. This provides an anchor to hold a missing tooth in place and fill the gap in your smile. Like dental crowns, dental bridges come in aesthetic tooth-coloured options to give you a seamless look.
Crown and Bridge Treatment
We always make sure that you feel completely comfortable before starting any procedure. Both Ben and Clint are known for their gentle treatment of patients.
Before placing the dental crown or bridge, our dentists will remove the damaged tooth structure and prepare the tooth to bond to the restoration. We will then take an impression and use this, along with digital dental x-rays and information about the proper colour and shape of your tooth, to supply our dental lab with the information they need to make a crown or bridge that fits and functions properly and looks attractive.
We will make a temporary restoration to protect teeth until your permanent one arrives in our clinic. At that time, we will invite you back to permanently bond your final restoration to your tooth.
Caring for Your Crown or Bridge
The dental restorations we create are durable and long-lasting with the proper care.
It is important to remember that crowns and bridges are strong, but not indestructible. Avoid biting into anything too sticky or hard because it can dislodge your restoration or cause it to crack. It is also important to brush teeth twice daily, floss each day, and maintain regular dental cleans and check-ups in order to protect your investment.
We Welcome New Patients
If you are new to the Hornsby area or you are searching for a dental clinic that offers quality care in a friendly environment, give us a call to arrange a booking. We look forward to meeting you!