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Dental Crowns

Restore your smile

If you have damaged or missing teeth, a restorative dental procedure such as a bridge or crown may be a suitable treatment option for you. They are often able to effectively restore your natural smile. Crowns and bridges are prosthetic devices that are permanently attached to your teeth. They can fix a range of dental issues. At Dental on York we use the latest CEREC technology to custom make your crowns and bridges right here in our Sydney dental rooms. This means better quality devices, a faster turnaround and often just one appointment. 

What is a dental crown and when is it needed?

A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a damaged tooth for protection. Crowns are custom made and colour matched to your natural tooth colour. They can be used to treat and disguise a variety of different dental issues such as:

  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Weakened teeth
  • On top of a dental implant
  • On top of a root canal treatment
  • As an attachment for a bridge

What is a bridge and when is it needed?

Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Unlike dentures, they are permanent fixtures that are placed between healthy teeth and attached with a dental crown. Bridges are custom made and colour matched to your existing teeth. A bridge may be recommended to:

  • Fill gaps left by missing teeth
  • Preserve the shape of your smile
  • Prevent your teeth from moving out of place into gaps from missing teeth
  • Restore function to your smile

How does a dental crown work?

A dental crown is used to strengthen the structure of an existing tooth that has become compromised. They are made from a variety of strong substances to reinforce and protect the tooth underneath. They are permanently fixed on top of your tooth. Crowns can last for many years when they are properly taken care of. The different types of crowns include:

  • Gold
  • Porcelain
  • Composite resin
  • Metal
  • Ceramic

How does a dental bridge work?

Dental bridges look like a row of prosthetic teeth. These rows are used to fill a gap left by one or more missing teeth. The length of the row depends on how many teeth you have missing. There is a crown on each end of the row which is attached to the natural teeth on either side of your gap. This is what anchors the bridge in place. Dental bridges are usually made from the same material as dental crowns. 

What to expect in a dental crown procedure

Your dental crown procedure is performed by one of our highly trained restorative dentists. Thanks to our CEREC technology, It usually only takes one appointment after your initial consultation. The first step is preparation; we begin by numbing the area with a local anaesthetic. Then your tooth is prepared with special tools to make room for the crown. We take an impression of your tooth and use CEREC technology to create your high quality crown. 

Once the crown is ready, we place it into position. We use a special substance to adhere the crown to your natural tooth. Once the crown is in place we check your bite to make sure everything is aligned. Then off you go with your brand new crown and restored smile There isn’t much downtime after a dental crown procedure. Your dentist can answer any question you have about maintenance. They will also provide you with specific aftercare instructions.

What to expect during a dental bridge procedure

A dental bridge procedure follows a similar structure to the crown procedure. Local anaesthetic is used to numb the area. The two teeth on either side of the gap are prepared using special dental tools. An impression is taken of the two teeth which is used to create your bridge and crowns for it to attach to. 

Once the prosthetics are ready, your dentist will ensure the perfect fit. The crowns on either end of the bridge are permanently adhered to your teeth. We double check the alignment of your teeth, then you’re ready to go. Your dentist can answer any question you have about maintenance. They will also provide you with specific aftercare instructions.

FAQs about crowns and bridges

Crowns and bridges are both great options for restoring your smile. We’ve compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions we get from patients. If you’d like to know more then give us a call. We’re always happy to answer questions about our services over the phone. 

How long will my crowns and bridges last?

This can depend on the material the crowns and bridges are made from and how well you care for them. 

Crowns can last up to 20 years or more when properly taken care of. This means regular cleaning, check-ups with your dentist and protection from hard objects. Gold is the strongest substance a crown can be made from however it does not match the colour of your teeth. Porcelain and resin are more popular choices because they can be colour matched to your teeth. 

Bridges usually last between 5 and 15 years, again depending on the material and maintenance. It’s important to avoid biting down on hard objects which could break them. Avoid using your teeth to open bottles or packaging. 

What are the pros and cons of a dental crown?

As with any dental treatment, there are always pros and cons. Crowns are a common restorative dental procedure. The procedure is minimally invasive when compared to some other treatments. Let’s compare the pros and cons:

Pros

  • Strengthen the structure of your tooth
  • Improve the appearance of the alignment of your teeth
  • Improve the look of your smile
  • They can be colour and size matched to blend with your natural teeth
  • They can prevent tooth loss

Cons

  • They can break or come loose 
  • They might need replacing more than once
  • Cost may be high if not covered by health insurance 

What are the pros and cons of a dental bridge?

Bridges are another common restorative dental procedure used to replace missing teeth. The procedure is less invasive when compared to some other treatments. Let’s compare the pros and cons:

Pros

  • Permanent alternative to dentures
  • Improve the look of your smile
  • Improve the appearance of the alignment of your teeth
  • Less invasive than dental implants
  • They are colour and size matched to blend with your natural teeth

Cons

  • Aren’t removable like dentures
  • May break or come loose 
  • Cost may be high if not covered by health insurance 

If you’d like some more information about the restorative dental procedures we offer, make an appointment or visit our dental clinic in Sydney today.