Crowns & Bridges

Crowns

A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes referred to as a ‘cap’.

Crowns are used to repair and protect damaged or weak teeth. A crown will often be recommended where the damage is too extensive to be repaired by a simple filling. The weak or damaged part of the tooth is carefully removed and covered with the ‘crown’ which is bonded to the remaining tooth.

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Bridges

Bridges offer a permanent, fixed replacement for one or more missing teeth. The teeth either side of the gap are prepared by your dentist and the replacement teeth are bonded to these teeth to ‘bridge the gap’.

Using a bridge helps prevent the remaining teeth from drifting out of position if an empty space is left uncorrected which can cause bite problems and some discomfort.

Basic Bridge Example

A Ceramic Bridge