Crowns and bridges

Crowns are carefully, fitted and sit over an existing tooth to protect it from further damage, and to improve your overall smile or, if you feel embarrassed about gaps in your smile, a natural looking dental bridge can successfully fill in those unsightly spaces and help restore your confidence.

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Why you may need a crown?

A tooth crown may be required if you have a weak or damaged tooth. This ‘sleeve’ fits over the exposed part of the tooth, above the gumline to effectively keep together cracked teeth and prevent further damage. It also protects a worn down tooth from any further wear and tear. A crown may also be fitted where there has been a substantial amount of tooth decay and there is a large filling or a root canal treatment with not enough tooth left to support it. As crowns are shells, they are also used to fit over dental implants or to cover discoloured or misshapen teeth. You may need a crown if you are having a bridge fitted, as they create anchors to hold the bridge in place.

Benefits of having a crown

A permanent crown can last between five and 15 years. This depends on your habits, lifestyle and oral care routine. 

- The crown will look just like one of your normal teeth

- You can treat your crown like a normal tooth. 

- A crown can mitigate, prevent or delay the need for extraction and replacement.

If you think that you require crowns, or would like further information on the procedure, contact the team in Southwick today on 01273 596990. 

What is a bridge?

A bridge is made up of two or more crowns that fit to teeth on either side of the gap, which serve as anchors, along with a false tooth in-between.

A bridge will support the false tooth or teeth, and reduce the susceptibility of remaining teeth to decay and gum disease.

The benefits of a bridge:

A bridge could be a great option to restore your smile

  • A bridge will support the false tooth or teeth, and reduce the susceptibility of remaining teeth to decay and gum disease.
  • A bridge will prevent your remaining teeth from drifting into the empty space, as well as to restore the appearance of your smile
  • A bridge can delay or mitigate the need for an implant

You will need to clean your bridge and the false tooth or teeth it supports every day. Your Southwick dentist will show you how to use a bridge needle or special floss to ensure your bridge is thoroughly clean. To prevent damage, it’s best to avoid chewing hard foods and ice. By taking good care of your bridge, you can ensure it will last for many years.

How is a bridge fitted? 

Your Southwick Green Dental & Implant Clinic dentist will examine your teeth and jaw at your first appointment to evaluate the best course of action. If you have strong enough teeth with good bone support then a bridge could be a great option to restore your smile.

An impression will be taken of your mouth, from which a plaster model will be built of your teeth and gums to enable your dentist to understand how your teeth bite together. Your teeth will then be prepared so that the bridge will fit: the teeth either side of the gap need to be reduced in size to fit the fixings and accommodate the bridge comfortably.

Speak to the Southwick team today on 01273 596990.

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