Crowns

Sometimes a tooth has a very large cavity, or may be weak or broken. In this case we may recommend that a crown is fitted to the tooth, which completely encloses the tooth, giving protection and restoring functionality.

We offer crowns made from different materials and we will advise you on the most suitable type of crown for your tooth. Different factors we look at are the appearance of the crown when in the mouth, the required strength and also the amount of tooth remaining to hold the crown in place.

The different types of materials we offer here are:

  •  Zirconium
  • Emax All Porcelain
  • Zirconium + Emax
  • Precious Metal Covered in Porcelain
  • Gold Crown

 

Is a crown necessary after root canal treatment?

crown isn’t necessary in every case. Teeth at the front of the mouth and those that are reasonably strong in particular may not need them at all. For many root canal procedures fitting crowns over the filled teeth is necessary because of the high risk of fracture without the extra protection crowns provide. Another advantage of crowns is that they restore the natural appearance of your teeth.

What should I do if my crown falls off?

If your crown falls off your main priority is to protect the tooth until you can get the crown permanently fixed back on. If your crown is still intact ensure to keep it safe and make an appointment with one of our dentists to have the crown recemented back on. This is a simple and quick procedure.

Will the crown blend in with the rest of my teeth?

Our dentists carry out a shade match to the rest of your surrounding teeth to ensure that the same shade is created for the crown. If the dentist is unsure on the shading they may ask you to visit one of our Labs for a Shade registration in which the lab technician who create the crown will do a more indepth shade match. 

Bridges

Dental bridges are false teeth which are held in place by being anchored to neighbouring teeth. The ‘false tooth’ on the bridge will look as though it is coming from your gum and, thanks to advanced technology, is hard to distinguish from your real teeth. Bridges can be any size and are recommended when there are one or more teeth missing that affect your smile and appearance, the way you bite your teeth together, your speech and the shape of your face.

Traditional Fixed Bridges – This involves the adjacent tooth or teeth to be shaped so the bridge abutments can fit over these adjacent teeth, and the false tooth is attached to the abutments. The bridge are stuck over the shaped adjacent teeth, and is fixed into place.

Resin Bonded Wing Bridges – This involves a metal or ceramic wing holding the false tooth which is stuck on to the back of the adjacent tooth. This requires minimal shaping of the adjacent tooth,  and the wing is stuck on with dental adhesive.

Everstick Bridge – This type of bridge is something that is fairly new, and we are amongst a small number of practices that offer this solution.
Quite simply, if there is a missing tooth, and the teeth on either side are in a good condition, we build up and attach a tooth in between. we use a special resin impregnated fibre which is stuck on permanently behind the adjacent teeth, and the everstick fibre spans the gap. We then build up a tooth freehand which is attached to the fibre and the adjacent teeth. The tooth is built up using different shades and translucencies of composite filling material, and matches the adjacent teeth well.
This method is very conservative on the adjacent teeth, and can also be done in case of an emergency, as no laboratory work is required. Sometimes, we will even remove a badly broken or loose tooth, and do the everstick bridge in the same visit, allowing the patient to walk in and out with a tooth.

 

 

What to do next…

If you are worried about your teeth or gums for any particular reason, or need to book
a routine check up we would be very happy to help.

Call our Leighton Buzzard branch on 01525374100 or our Milton Keynes Practice 01908803290 today!