A crown is a type of dental restoration used to fix teeth that have been broken, weakened by decay or have a very large filling. The crown fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. It will also be tooth coloured, giving the restoration a more natural appearance so it fits in with the rest of your teeth.
A crown could be a good solution for you if you have some discoloured fillings and would like to improve their appearance. Crowns can be used to replace these to give you a more aesthetic smile. Also, if you have had root canal treatment you will need a crown to protect or cap the restored tooth, allowing you to eat and bite down on it as if it was a real tooth. Crowns are also used to anchor a bridge or denture firmly in place in the mouth.
If you require a more extensive restoration than a crown orhave more than one tooth that needs to be repaired, a good solution is abridge. Bridges are usually made of a precious metal base which gives them asolid structure and makes them hard-wearing. If you need a bridge in your smileline, porcelain is usually added to the base to make it look more like realteeth. A bridge helps to strengthen the prepared teeth and makes chewing andeating easier because they are fixed and can't come out.
Some bridges can also be fixed to your jaw with dentalimplants, if you have several teeth next to each other that are missing. Onceyou have a bridge fitted, you will have to take extra care of your dailyhygiene regime to ensure it stays plaque free and that you can prevent badbreath.
Why not book a consultation with the our dental team? We can discuss your goals and advise you on which of our fantastic treatments will best meet your needs and be most clinically suitable.