- Crowns are used to restore and protect heavily worn, abraded, heavily restored and all root filled teeth which may become weaker. They can also be used to improve the appearance of discoloured, fractured or misshapen teeth.
- They can be made of porcelain, porcelain with metal inside for strength, or just metal. Crowns can look and feel like natural teeth and can last for many years if you look after your mouth and teeth carefully.
- Many patients have opaque looking anterior metal bonded to porcelain crowns with ugly black lines at the gum-crown junction. These can now be replaced with all ceramic Procera crowns and it is almost impossible to tell the difference between these and natural teeth
- A bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth and can be:
- conventional which means crowning the teeth either side of the space and then the missing tooth is an artificial tooth attached to these two crowns.
- adhesive bridgework (Maryland) where the missing tooth is attached to one or both adjacent teeth by adhesive wings. (only suitable for small spaces)
- Bridges are made of metal and porcelain or sometimes just porcelain and they can improve the way you look, bite, chew and speak. They can last many years if looked after properly and can also prevent natural teeth from moving or tilting.
- Bridges are an excellent alternative to patients who have worn plastic or metal dentures over a number of years. The main advantage is that there is no plate associated with the missing teeth and oral hygiene and comfort is vastly improved. It is a fixed replacement and provides the patient with total confidence.
- Many patients have anterior bridges with black lines at the gum. These can now be replaced with Procera all ceramic bridges with no black lines and natural looking translucent teeth.