Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and Bridges Port Macquarie
Dental crowns and bridges are restorations used to replace a missing or damaged tooth or teeth.
Crowns are caps, made to look like your tooth, that protect damaged portions of the tooth. They are usually necessary after a root canal treatment, or the teeth are damaged by trauma.
Crowns strengthen and protect tooth. Your Port Macquarie dentist will shape the remaining tooth and fit you with a temporary crown.
In a few weeks, you will come back to have the final crown placed permanently. With proper care, dental crowns can last for decades.
Bridges are used as missing teeth replacements when the adjacent teeth are healthy enough to support the restoration.
They come in three types: the conventional, cantilever, and resin-bonded bridges.
Advantages of Crowns and Bridges in Port Macquarie
- Restores and maintains the bite
- Keeps opposing teeth in their proper place
- Prevents shifting of adjacent teeth
- Discourages further decay and periodontal (gum) disease
- Enhances your smile, speech, and chewing function
When do you need crowns or bridges?
Dental crowns and bridges are used to fix several dental problems:
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Repair a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover dental implants port Macquarie
- Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
- Cap a tooth that has a root canal treatment
The Dental Crowns and Bridges Procedure
Crowning or Capping a Tooth
On your first visit, your Port Macquarie dentist may take X-rays to check the root and supporting bone of the tooth to be treated.
Anaesthesia will be administered to the tooth and the gum tissues surrounding the tooth.
The tooth is filed down along the chewing surface, to help crowns be placed snugly over the tooth.
After filing the tooth, your Port Macquarie dentist will use paste, putty, or a digital scanner to take impressions of the tooth.
The impressions are then sent to a dental laboratory where the crown will be fabricated.
Your dentist will cap you with a temporary crown while waiting for the final crown.
Receiving the permanent dental crown
At the second visit, your Port Macquarie dentist will remove the temporary crown and check the fit and colour of the final crown.
On your first visit, the abutment teeth are shaped by removing a portion of enamel and dentin to make room for the crown. Impressions of your teeth are then created.
Your Port Macquarie dentist will place a temporary bridge while your bridge is in a dental laboratory.
During your next visit, your temporary bridge will be removed, and the new permanent bridge will be adjusted to achieve the perfect fit.
For fixed bridges, your Port Macquarie dentist may glue it in place for a few days, making sure it fits correctly.
When the final fit is achieved, the bridge is permanently bonded into place.
Proper Care for Crowns and Bridges
While restorations are made to last for a long time, they sometimes come loose or fall out.
To keep your restorations in good shape, maintain a good oral hygiene routine. A bridge can loosen its fit if the teeth or bone holding it in place are infected or damaged.
Keep your mouth healthy by brushing using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily.
To prevent any damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid biting and chewing hard foods, ice, or other hard objects.
Crowns and Bridges in Port Macquarie
At Port Macquarie Dental Centre, we offer cutting-edge designs and fine materials in creating quality crowns and bridges.
We will present you with all the options available and offer you recommendations so that you can decide what option will suit your specific needs.
For high-quality dental crowns and bridges and excellent work on restorative dental treatments, consult with your Port Macquarie dentist today!
Crowns and Bridges in Port Macquarie
We are located at 38 Buller St in Port Macquarie.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long do crowns and bridges last?
Crowns and bridges last up to 15 years, though that can be reduced if you don’t take care of them properly and allow gum disease or cavities to develop.