Dental Crowns and Bridges at Sunbury
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Cracked and missing teeth may make it difficult for patients to eat and speak comfortably. At Sunbury Dental House, we provide attractive restorative dentistry to support the comfort and function of your smile.
Dental crowns and bridges are two of the most common restorations patients require. Dental crowns repair damaged teeth, and dental bridges replace missing teeth. Both have benefits that can help patients eat a wider variety of foods and enjoy greater convenience in daily life.
Conditions Requiring Dental Crown Restorative Dentistry
When a broken tooth occurs or patients experience a significant amount of decay, a dental crown reinforces natural teeth and protects them from continued damage. Dental fillings only seal teeth, filling in an area where a decay was removed, but a dental crown completely covers the entire tooth structure from the gumline to the chewing surface.
Dr Yong offers tooth-coloured crowns to complement the appearance of patient smiles. In most cases, the dental crown procedure will take two appointments – one to take moulds to plan for the correct size and shape of the crown and one to place the final restoration and make adjustments so that it fits the bite comfortably.
Caring for dental crowns requires daily brushing, flossing and abstaining from biting into anything particularly hard – like ice.
Bridging the Gap Left by a Missing Tooth
A missing tooth can complicate eating and how patients feel about the way they look. A missing tooth also allows other teeth to move, affecting the comfort and function of the bite.
When possible, we recommend replacing a missing tooth. A dental bridge will suspend an artificial tooth in place using two adjacent crowns called abutment crowns. The artificial tooth will act as a placeholder and prevent the adjacent and opposing teeth from moving.
A dental bridge, like dental crowns, typically requires two appointments to complete. At the first appointment, Dr Yong will prepare the adjacent teeth for abutment crowns and take moulds of the area for the dental lab to use in creating a custom dental bridge. At the next appointment, Dr Yong will place the final dental bridge, which is made of one piece of durable porcelain. Dr Yong will test for proper occlusion (bite function) and make sure the bridge fits comfortably.
Dental bridges must be kept clean. Special dental brushes and dental floss guides can assist with removing food debris and plaque from the area. As with crowns, patients should avoid biting into anything that can damage their natural teeth or their dentistry.
It is vital to replace missing teeth as soon as possible as failure to do so will eventually lead to teeth shifting, a decline in oral health and potential loss of underlying jaw bone. For more information, contact us via our online form or call us on (03) 9744-7470 to book a consultation.