Crowns and bridges offer a functional and aesthetic solution to very damaged, decayed or missing teeth. Crowns and bridges are completely bespoke, so you and your dentist have complete control over the shape and shade of your teeth. At Winchmore Hill Dental Practice, your dentist will talk you through the options available and offer clear advice and guidance on the best solution for you.
Crowns & Bridges FAQs
A crown is a single-tooth restoration that caps your existing tooth. A bridge replaces one or more adjacent missing teeth with a prosthetic that literally bridges the gap, held in place at each end by a crown.
Traditional crowns, bridges and partial dentures have to be made in a dental lab. This will require you to sit for dental impressions so that an accurate restoration can be tailor-made to create the perfect combination of function and aesthetics. You will be involved in the process from start to finish and the lab will create a restoration that meets you and your dentist’s requirements in terms of shape and shade.
Before your custom restoration is made at the lab, your dentist will prepare your tooth by filling it down into a smooth shape that correctly accommodates the restoration. Dental impressions will then be taken and sent to the lab where your restoration will be made. When it is ready, you’ll return to the dentist to have your crown or bridge cemented in place and cured under a special light.
With good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, your restoration could last as long as 20 years.