What is a dental crown
When would we use a dental crown
It is also advisable to crown teeth that have undergone root canal treatments. Research shows crowning root treated teeth prolongs the lifespan of these teeth.
What are dental crowns made of
Crowns are made from a variety of materials, at your dental examination the dentist will discuss with you the most appropriate crown for you based on your individual case and budget.
Alloy/gold crown: These are made of a combination of metals either gold or silver in colour.
Porcelain fused to metal (PFM): This crown has a metal substructure with a porcelain coat to give the appearance of a natural tooth, these crowns are generally used for molar teeth.
Porcelain: These are fully porcelain crowns which are used for front teeth.
Ceramic: Emax® and Zirconia are both high-quality materials. The ceramic is compressed which is robust enough to withstand the pressure of eating and chewing but gives the appearance of tooth like properties. Emax® is used for all our smile design cases due to its strength and detail the material provides.
A dental bridge is used as an option to replace a single missing tooth. Teeth either side of the missing tooth are used to support a bridge to cover the gap. A bridge is used in specific dental cases as the supporting teeth must be structurally sound. Bridges can also be used to support dental implants.
Dental Bridge options
The dentist will discuss all available bridge options with you at your dental examination and advise the most appropriate based on the health of the adjacent teeth.
Traditional bridge: This uses a pontic (fake tooth) that is supported by dental crowns either side, this is the most conventional bridge system used.
Cantilever bridge: This is similar to the traditional bridge however instead of using crowns either side a single crown can support this system.
Maryland bridge: The Maryland bridge uses a wing which is attached to the back of either adjacent tooth. The Maryland bring is generally used for anterior teeth.