Crowns and Bridges Brisbane
For your teeth, gums and jaws to look and act as normal, our team at Lutwyche Dental in North Brisbane have restorative treatments to balance and harmonise your smile.
Crowns are designed for a variety of different purposes. Fabricated from porcelain materials that greatly imitate the natural tooth, a dental crown is used as a replacement for the visible part of the tooth.
If you have lost one or more teeth or a tooth requires extraction, a dental bridge is a method of replacement. Generally a dental bridge will require one or more crowns to ‘bridge’ the gap between your teeth.
Your dental crown
As the porcelain materials are able to be adjusted in colour shape and size, a crown can greatly resemble a natural tooth with virtually no visible difference between a natural tooth and a prosthetic.
The porcelain is thick and generally has a hallowed area underneath where the natural tooth root will be bonded if the tooth is still intact.
You may think of porcelain as a delicate material but in the case of dental crowns, a porcelain replacement is virtually just as strong as a natural tooth and, if taken care of, can last a lifetime.
Why would I need a dental crown?
Your tooth may require a dental crown for a handful of different reasons. It could be a result of an emergency where trauma has caused the tooth to suddenly crack or break or even as a result of an ongoing dental problem such as periodontal disease.
Here are some examples of situations where a dental crown could be used:
- Resolution for decay
- Weakened tooth structure
- Restorations from root canal therapy
- Injury or trauma resulting in break or crack
- Restoration for worn teeth from clenching or grinding
Dental crowns are also used in the dental bridge restoration process. Depending on the type of bridge needed, one or more dental crowns can be fabricated to restore both appearance and functionality to the area affected.
Your dental bridge
Depending on the type of dental bridge used, your bridge could be implemented using one of the following main types:
– Traditional bridge
Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge. They involve creating crowns for the adjacent teeth which are secured to a crown that sits in between. This method requires the removal of enamel from the adjacent teeth so unfortunately it comes at the cost of losing some of the structure from your natural teeth.
In regards to appearance and functionality, the traditional bridge provides a support that is virtually seamless in design. The materials are custom made to replicate the tooth’s colour, shape and size so they look exactly as a natural tooth. The replacement functions as well as a natural tooth and last a long time as long as it is cared for properly.
– Maryland bonded bridge
Also known as a resin-bonded bridge, the Maryland bonded bridge uses a crown designed form porcelain. Fused to the crown are two metal or porcelain wings which are custom designed and bonded to the tooth for support.
Comparatively, the maryland bridge generally has two metal wings on the sides. Depending on where in the mouth the replacement is, it may be visible to others at times but the bridge is quite small so really it won’t be easy to notice. The replacement will also function as well as a natural tooth and last a long time as long as it is cared for properly.
Your dental treatment
Here at Lutwyche dental in Brisbane, we strive to provide our patients with up to date treatments. During your consultation we will discuss with you all your options to ensure you are completely content with your treatment plan.
Crowns and Bridges Brisbane
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