Crowns & Bridges


Dental Crowns and Bridges are part of Restorative Dentistry which aims at replacing or restoring missing or damaged teeth. The objective of restorative dentistry is to bring back your natural look and smile and safeguard you against future oral and dental health problems.

CROWNS

If you have a problem tooth that is broken or too large to fill, a crown can restore the foundations and appearance of the tooth. A crown is custom made by Dr. Nair to fit neatly over the original tooth. Where large decay or fillings have broken a tooth, a crown will promote strength. If you have more than one tooth missing, bridging may be required to fill the area.

Our Dentists may recommend a Crown to:

  • Replace a tooth that has suffered extensive damage and cannot be repaired with filling because there isn’t enough tooth remaining.
  • Cover discoloured or badly shaped teeth.
  • Protect a weak tooth against fracturing or further damage.
  • Replace a cracked or fractured tooth.
  • Cover a dental implant.
  • Cover a tooth that has undergone a treatment like root canal where the tooth is weakened by the procedure.

A broken or cracked tooth cannot be fixed with a filling, so the tooth needs to be protected with a crown (or cap). Crowns can be used in conjunction with implants to replace a lost tooth. Crowns can also protect a tooth that has already undergone extensive dental work.

BRIDGES

Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth to close gaps between surrounding teeth and restore natural look and function of the teeth. When a tooth is lost and a gap is created, the surrounding teeth can move and tilt which can cause dental and oral issues like misaligned biting and gum disease.

The term ‘Bridge’ is used because it is attached to surrounding teeth to bridge the gap in between those teeth. The surrounding teeth — known as abutments — are utilised as anchors to which the bridge is attached. Often, crown are attached to the abutments and replacement teeth — known as pontics — are attached to the crowns.

Bridges are available in a choice of materials. Dr. Nair can assist you in choosing the right bridge type depending on the location, function and aesthetic of the missing tooth.

Crown and Bridging Procedure.

The existing tooth may undergo an X-ray to assess any impairment before treatment. Dr. Nair will then re-shape the existing tooth in preparation for the new crown. A mould is then taken of the original tooth after it is shaped. The crown will take up to one or two weeks before it is ready, so a temporary crown will be affixed to the tooth before the final crown is fitted.

At Tynecroft Dental, we understand that some patients considering Dental Crowns and Bridges to cosmetically improve their look and smile may feel uneasy about visiting a dental clinic due to anxiety from presenting with missing teeth or the complex of the procedure. Our dentists are qualified professionals whose first consideration is to offer genuine and honest care to patients and deal with any unease or uncertainty the patient may be experiencing, we therefore give you the time and proper advice and explain the entire procedure. Most importantly, we perform procedures in a manner that provides for comfort and a feeling of ease using a high level of skill in a calming relaxing atmosphere.