Crowns & Bridges

Crowns and bridges are both dental restorations used to improve your smile and chomping function, but they address different situations:

Cosmetic Dentistry

Crowns & Bridges

These procedures are effective for restoring a tooth that has become infected, poorly shaped, discoloured, damaged or has fallen out. The patient will regain the functionality of their tooth without giving the appearance of any dental work. 

What are dental crowns?

A dental crown is a cap that surrounds the tooth. We typically use a crown to restore a damaged tooth, but they can also be used to improve the appearance of a smile. 
A crown consists of varied different materials:

  • All metal crown
  • Ceramic-on-metal ( PFM -Porcelain Fused to Metal ) 
  • All ceramic crown

The location of the teeth will determine the best material to use. You & your dentist will decide which type is appropriate, depending upon the strength requirements and aesthetic concerns of the tooth involved.

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Indications for crowns & bridge:

  1. A previously filled tooth where now exists more filling than the tooth structure.
  2. Discoloured & compromised teeth.
  3. Fractures
  4. Root canal treated teeth to safeguard the tooth from fracture as teeth tend to become brittle.
  5. Replacement of missing teeth


What are Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a way to replace a missing tooth without wearing dentures or undergoing surgery. The new tooth is held in place( fixed ) by two supporting crowns. It looks natural and consists of a ceramic or porcelain material to match the surrounding teeth.

With proper care, dental bridges can last for 5-15 years or even longer. Factors affecting lifespan include the material used, oral hygiene practices, and bite pressure. Regular dental checkups and cleanings are crucial to maintain your bridge and surrounding teeth.

The procedure to place a dental bridge typically involves minimal discomfort. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area, and you may experience some tenderness afterwards, which can be managed with pain medication.

Gentle Care is must!


The process for both procedures is fairly similar. Before getting started, prophylactic scaling and polishing is recommended and it takes at least two sittings. At first visit, your dentist will prepare the teeth next to the missing tooth for crowns. An impression of the prepared teeth will be made and a temporary bridge will be placed. At the second visit, your dentist will fit and adjust the bridge and bond it.


After the Procedure

When getting dental Restoratives, your teeth will be somewhat sensitive after they have been prepared. This is why you need to wear a temporary crown while waiting for a permanent one to be created.The benefit of wearing a crown is that it surrounds and protects the tooth. This means that regardless of how damaged the tooth was, you can eat your favourite foods without fear of discomfort. A crown can restore the functionality of your mouth by making it easy to eat, drink and speak like normal. This is ideal for people that are suffering from severely sensitive teeth, have a cracked or chipped tooth or have undergone a root canal. Similarly, a bridge makes it possible to eat and speak like normal without worrying about your new tooth becoming loose or falling out. They are both ideal for people that have active lifestyles and don’t want to be constrained by their teeth.


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