Restore and Protect Your Teeth with Dental Crowns & Bridges
A dental crown or bridge offers a reliable and lasting solution to help restore the shape and appearance of damaged teeth. They may be a viable option if you have missing or damaged teeth or when a filling may not be enough to solve the problem. They are highly durable and can last many years with proper oral hygiene, allowing you to enjoy improved oral health and a more beautiful smile.
If you’re looking for a dental treatment to restore your smile and improve your oral health, a dental crown or bridge may help. Our gentle dentists conduct a thorough examination before any dental procedure, assessing your oral health and requirements to devise the right treatment plan for you.
Book a consultation to learn more about dental crowns, bridges, and other cosmetic dental procedures we offer in Bellevue Hill, NSW.
A dental crown is a prosthetic covering that is fixed to either existing teeth or if required, on an implant embedded into the gum. A crown is made to look and feel like a real tooth and is generally made with porcelain, ceramic, or even gold.
A dental crown sits over a damaged tooth to give the appearance of a regular tooth sitting comfortably on the gum line. It is similar in strength and shape to your existing teeth and has an average lifespan of 7-15 years. But well-fitted crowns can last a lifetime with the proper care and maintenance.
Dental crowns are usually preferred over dentures when only one tooth needs capping because they are fixed and secure. They cannot be removed or taken out by yourself. Only a dentist can repair, replace, or remove a crown once fixed.
Different Types of Dental Crowns
Dentistry is always advancing, and you can now get a dental crown in the same shape, colour and density as your original tooth. They are customised to each case and blend flawlessly with your natural teeth.
There are three main types of dental crowns that we offer at our practice in Bellevue Hill:
Ceramic Crowns – A popular choice for crown material, ceramic can be matched to existing teeth, making them perfect for the front or visible teeth.
Porcelain – One of the most used materials for most cosmetic dentistry treatments, porcelain looks and feels like a natural tooth, offering durability and comfort for dental crowns that last longer and look great.
Metal Alloy – Metal crowns are the same as gold crowns, with the only difference being that you can opt for silver instead of a golden crown. Metal crowns are highly resistant to tooth decay, breakage and chipping.
A dental bridge is a prosthesis used to fill the space left by missing teeth and can be used to restore the function and appearance of your smile. It can also help to prevent teeth from shifting and preserve the health of your mouth.
A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth and is generally made from ceramic and porcelain materials, similar to a dental crown. This allows us to match the prosthetic to your original teeth’s shade and size for a natural look.
The average lifespan of a dental bridge can be 7-15 years, but properly applied and well-maintained bridges can last a lifetime
Types of Dental Bridges We Offer
There are three main types of dental bridges offered at Bellevue Hill Dental. Our dentists will recommend the best one for you based on the position of your missing teeth, oral health and lifestyle factors.
Traditional or Standard Bridge – The most common type of bridge, a traditional bridge, involves implanting an artificial tooth in the space left by a missing tooth and then attaching a crown to each side of the implant to create a sturdy and stable bridge.
Cantilever Bridge – A cantilever bridge is built using structures called cantilevers supported on only one end. The cantilevers project out from the bridge’s main support, allowing the bridge to span longer distances than traditional bridges. This is a rare option where there is only one tooth adjacent to the missing tooth.
Maryland Bonded Bridge – A false tooth, usually crafted from porcelain, is custom-made to match the appearance of your surrounding teeth. The false tooth is then implanted with a set of metal side ‘wings’ securely attached to the surrounding healthy teeth.
Reasons Why You May Need a Dental Crown or Bridge
If you have gaps or missing teeth, the remaining teeth may shift and drift out of position. This may lead to gum disease and an uncomfortable bite while also affecting your smile’s appearance. A crown or bridge is fitted to fill these gaps and keep the original teeth in place.
There are several reasons why we may recommend a dental crown or bridge:
- Missing front or adjacent teeth
- Tooth decay or wear and tear
- Dental trauma or accidents
- Fillings or tooth restorations beyond repair
- If you are not a suitable candidate for dental implants due to general or oral health status or may not prefer dental implants
Benefits of Dental Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown or bridge offers many benefits, such as restoring the appearance of your smile, preventing misalignment, and improving your bite and ability to speak and chew. They may also be more cost-effective than dental implants, helping preserve facial structure and improving oral health.
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At Bellevue Hill Dental, we offer a range of restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments tailored to your dental needs and lifestyle. We aim to cover the scope of your dental requirements to provide lasting solutions that help maintain and protect your teeth and gums. Whether you need a dental crown or bridge in Bellevue Hill, NSW, dental implants or a complete smile makeover with multiple treatments, we have you covered. With a team of local and dedicated dentists and combined experience of over 70 years, we strive to form long-term relationships with our patients to provide quality dental care by dentists you can trust.