Dental Crowns and Bridges Gold Coast
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are advanced forms of restorative dentistry that help to restore health, function and beauty to your smile. Made from quality materials like porcelain and metal alloy, crown and bridge restorations are designed to repair or correct missing and damaged teeth.
A dental crown takes the form of a tooth-like cap and is used to cover the entire tooth – above the gumline – in order to restore the tooth's original form (shape, size, and contour) and reinforce its structural integrity.
The type of materials used in the fabrication of the crown includes gold, monolithic zirconia, stainless steel, composite resin or porcelain. Modern restorations typically use ceramic or porcelain due to their superior aesthetics and durable strength. Although not as natural looking, zirconia and metal restorations are ideal for crowns placed in the molar teeth. Due to their robust nature, such crowns are suitable for daily rugged use for hard chewing and biting.
The dental bridge can also be used to address your tooth loss condition. Used to fill the gaps left by the missing teeth, a porcelain bridge can either be bonded to your natural teeth or held in position by dental implants as a permanent fixture. As the name suggests, a dental bridge literally bridges the space vacated by one or more missing teeth. Based on your preference, location of the missing teeth and budget, the dentist can customise a dental bridge that fills the gap seamlessly.
What type of patients can opt for crowns and bridge restorations?
If you have a tooth that is damaged by disease or injury to the extent that it cannot be fixed by a filling, a dental crown may offer the best solution to repair, protect and strengthen the tooth. Dental crowns also offer an effective restorative solution for teeth that have been weakened by prolonged oral care neglect, worn down by bruxism or treated by a root canal procedure.
Dental bridges are used in cases where you have one or more teeth missing, resulting in a gap between two healthy teeth. The healthy teeth at both ends of the gap serve as anchors or abutment teeth for the artificial bridge that holds the prosthetic teeth in position.
To make a suitable candidate for a conventional dental bridge, you must therefore have strong healthy adjacent teeth to support the bridge. In some instances, the dentist may recommend that you undergo root canal treatment to regain the strength of your existing teeth while preventing infection or decay over time.
In cases where the adjacent teeth are not available or lack the structural integrity to support the bridge, dental implants may be inserted in the jawbone to be used as anchors upon which the bridge is attached. An implant-supported bridge is a permanent fixture that does not rely on adjacent teeth for support.
The main benefit of the dental bridge is that it can prevent your existing teeth from moving migrating to fill the void caused by tooth loss, resulting in irregular growth. With proper care, this permanent solution to tooth loss is designed to last for more than 10 years.
Different type of crowns and bridges
A dental crown is a tooth-like cap that is placed over a repaired tooth to protect and strengthen it. In so doing, it restores the original form of the tooth to blend in with the rest of your pearlies. The crown is categorised into the different types of materials that it is made from. The material is selected based factors like strength, durability and aesthetic quality.
Metal crowns, such as gold, are best suited for back molars that require strength for biting and chewing, however, metal crowns are not typically requested due to their aesthetically unappealing colour that draws unwanted attention to one’s mouth. As a workaround, some crowns are made from a special material known as Porcelain Fused to Metal (PFM) that have the combined advantage of strength as well as the aesthetics of a tooth- coloured porcelain outer layer.
Tooth-coloured crowns are the most popular choice, of which there are two types: the porcelain crown and the composite-resin crown. While the former is known for its life-like aesthetics, strength and durability, the latter is the most affordable. Composite crowns are also aesthetically pleasing as compared to metal crowns as they can be colour matched to any shade you desire. However, they lack the porcelain crown’s translucent quality that mimics the way natural teeth enamel reacts under different lighting conditions.
Dental bridges may be fabricated from similar range of materials and they also consist of different frameworks, which can be further categorised. The three most common types are:
Fixed Bridge: This device connects an artificial tooth between two dental crowns. The crowns are cemented onto the abutment tooth on each side of the gap. The artificial tooth fills the gap while blending seamlessly with the two anchoring crowns and existing teeth. The fixed bridge is a permanent teeth replacement solution.
Cantilever Bridge: Bonded to the adjacent tooth, the Cantilever Bridge has a structure similar to that of the fixed bridge, except that it is only bonded to a single tooth. It is mainly used in cases where the anchoring teeth on either side of the gap are not available.
Maryland Bridge: Also known as a resin-bonded bridge, the Maryland Bridge takes the form of wing-like framework that is attached to the artificial tooth while bonded to the anchoring teeth on each side of the gap. This device is generally used for front teeth or any teeth that do not perform main biting or chewing function.
Robina Town Dental ... Your Crown & Bridge Solutions Provider!
Your smile is important to us At Robina Town Dental. We take pride in the expertise, experience and training of our excellent team of dentists and staff. We believe in getting it right the first time – every single time!
When you choose our reputable dental team, you are investing in our wealth of experience in delivering top-notch cosmetic dental treatments, including dental crowns and bridges. Combining modern techniques, cutting edge technology and quality materials, our friendly team has given numerous patients great reasons to smile – and we look forward to serving you as well!
For more information on the range of Crown and Bridge Solutions available at Robina Town Dental, contact us immediately on (07) 5575 9100.