Dental crowns are used to strengthen a tooth when it has been damaged or weakened. It is also used to help fix a dental bridge in place.
A dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth in the mouth. It is natural in appearance, long lasting and functions just like your other teeth.
Patients who have lost one or more teeth often want to restore their smile as quickly and as painlessly as possible and a dental bridge is a simple, yet effective solution. Here at TiggaSmile we offer our patients dental bridges made of Zirconia, porcelain, gold or alloy. Porcelain/Zirconia is often the most popular choice as it is tooth-coloured and blends into the mouth.
The treatment process will take place over two appointments. Your dentist will advise if a dental bridge is the right option for you and if so, will show you how to care for the dental restoration once it is in place. If you require a bridge, the teeth adjacent to the gap will need to be prepared and fitted with crowns to support the bridge. For example, if you are having a traditional dental bridge fitted, the crowns act as anchors, holding the bridge in place. If the dentist uses a cantilever bridge, only one adjacent tooth will be required to support the restoration.
The dentist will take impressions or a digital scan of your teeth so our dental laboratory can create a natural shaped and coloured pontic (replacement tooth) for you. In the meantime, you will be fitted with a temporary bridge. At the next appointment, the temporary bridge will be removed and your permanent bridge will be put in place.
Attending for a thorough clean lessens the likelihood of future problems such as your teeth requiring fillings or other restorative work. The hygienist will also be able to tackle any staining that has marked the teeth.
They can also offer advice on how to look after your teeth at home as well as caring for the teeth of younger members of the family. This can include showing you the best way to brush your teeth, recommending effective dental products and providing dietary advice.
If you choose the porcelain option, it will not be noticeable. However metallic bridges are more visible and are often used at the back of the mouth.
A dental bridge can last a lifetime if cared for properly. We will show you how to look after your dental restoration once treatment has been completed. Bridges are strong and stable replacements for missing teeth.
While you might feel slightly uncomfortable during treatment, we will use a local anaesthetic to ensure you do not experience any pain. This can also be done under dental sedation.