Crowns – What are they?

The crown of a tooth is that part which is visible in the mouth. An artificial crown is used to protect and restore a broke, weakened or heavily filled tooth. They are also used to improve the appearance of very severely discoloured teeth.
Crowns are made of many different materials including metals and ceramics or a combination.

What are the benefits?
  • A crown is strong and can look and feel exactly like a natural tooth. The colour and shape can be matched to your own teeth.
  • Depending on the strength of the tooth underneath, a crown can last for many years if you look after your mouth and teeth and the crown is not accidentally damaged.
  • Crowns can also improve your appearance.
  • Crowns are often necessary to protect weakened, root-filled teeth.
Bridges – What are they?

A bridge fixes a replacement tooth (or teeth) to one or more remaining natural teeth or implants. Some bridges have crowns at each end. Others are fixed to the surface of the teeth next to the gap. Sometimes a bridge is only fixed to the tooth on one side of the gap.
Bridges are made of metal and porcelain or sometimes just porcelain.

What are the benefits?
  • A bridge lets you almost forget that you have missing teeth.
  • It can improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak.
  • The teeth can be matched to the colour of your own teeth.
  • A bridge can last many years, if you keep it and the adjacent soft tissue clean and if there is no accidental damage.
  • Natural teeth are protected from wear and tear, and from moving or tiling out of line, which could cause your teeth to bite together incorrectly.

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