Crown & Bridges
Restore Structure For a Functional Smile
A beautiful smile can be marred by a severely decayed or damaged tooth, or by teeth that are missing entirely. Crowns cover damaged teeth entirely, while bridges can restore teeth that are missing. Our crowns and bridges are made from strong, high-quality porcelains, providing the very best aesthetics. We take great care to ensure each restoration is carefully designed and fabricated to provide you with naturally beautiful teeth in just a couple of visits to Dr Smile.
What is a Crown?
A crown is also called a cap because it ‘caps’ or covers a tooth, so none of its original structure is visible. The crown protects and preserves a severely decayed or damaged tooth that has lost much of its original structure. It restores strength, structure and appearance, allowing you to smile confidently and to eat comfortably.
What is the Procedure for a Crown?
Initially, we will numb the tooth before carefully preparing it for crowning. All damaged, decayed and infected portions are removed, and the tooth is shaped, ensuring your new crown will not feel too bulky but instead looks and feels natural and comfortable. We take a detailed dental impression of your prepared tooth and choose the shade of porcelain for your crown, ensuring it will blend in beautifully with your existing teeth. Our experienced dental technicians use this information to fabricate your crown, creating a precision-made restoration that fits perfectly over your natural tooth. While your crown is made, your tooth is protected with a temporary crown. We will cement your new crown onto your tooth during your next visit.
What is a Bridge?
A bridge ‘bridges’ the gap created when you lose one or more teeth in the same area of your mouth. The replacement tooth, called a pontic, is supported by crowns fitted over the adjacent or ‘abutment’ teeth either side of the gap. The pontic is attached to the crowns, forming a strong and aesthetically pleasing restoration.
What is the Procedure for a Bridge?
The abutment teeth are numbed with a local anesthetic to ensure you feel comfortable while these teeth are carefully reshaped for crowning. Next, we take a detailed dental impression and choose the right shade for your porcelain bridge. Our skilled dental technicians will fabricate your bridge according to our instructions. In the meantime, we will protect your teeth with a temporary prosthesis. Once your bridge is ready, we remove the temporary prosthesis and bond your bridge permanently in place.