The dentist will prepare the tooth so it is the ideal shape for the crown. This will involve removing most of the outer surface and leaving an h2 inner core. The amount of the tooth removed will be the same as the thickness of the crown. You will need to have at least two (2) visits. The first visit is generally focused on tooth preparation, the impressions is taken, the shade matched and the temporary crown fitted. The second is to fit the permanent crown. There will usually be about 1 to 2 weeks between appointments.
How long your crown lasts depends on how well you look after it. The crown itself cannot decay, but decay can start where the edge of the crown joins the tooth. Therefore, to prevent decay affecting the crown, it is important to keep this area just as clean as you would your natural teeth.
These days there is no need to suffer from embarrassing gaps in your teeth or to put up with the inconvenience of dentures. A dental bridge may well be the answer to your problems, providing a realistic-looking replacement that is permanently fixed in your mouth and you brush to clean just like your other teeth.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth
. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space.
Most often, the two neighbouring teeth (one on each side) will need to have crowns fixed onto them. After reducing the tooth/teeth, your dentist will take an impression to provide an exact mould for the bridge. If porcelain is to be used, your dentist will determine the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the colour of your existing teeth.
For more information or to book a check-up with one of our experienced dentists in Brisbane
or Gold Coast
, contact us today.