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Crowns & Bridges at Dental Circle

Man in dental chairA crown is like a 360-degree shell that we place on top of your teeth. A crown protects the underlying biological tooth structure from further breaking down. A bridge is a false tooth (pontic) that’s held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap.

Why Would I Need a Crown?

We recommend a crown if a tooth is severely compromised-if more than 50% of the tooth is filling and less than 50% is tooth structure. At that point the best way to protect the tooth and have it last through the ages is to have a crown down.

A crown may also be recommended following a root canal. If you have malalignment or some cosmetic reason, we can use veneers because they’re less invasive. However, if the clinical situation warrants it we may need to consider a crown.

What to Expect at Dental Circle

We prepare the natural tooth structure to have a 360-degree margin. We take a mould and send it to a lab (we have a few local labs we use). We also have an in-house lab.

Then, we have a ceramic shell made to match your other teeth. We also will match the cement in colour. We have a rigorous shade-matching process and use high quality materials. We aim to get the colouring as close as possible to your natural dentition so it reflects light and looks the same way as your others do.

We prefer using ceramic crowns as ceramic has a similar optical property as natural enamel. We place crowns in nicely to blend in with the gumline.

After you get crowns, it’s important to come in for regular cleans and keep your teeth healthy through regular cleans around your crown margins. You also should floss in between the crown and the natural teeth to ensure you’re not having an issue with food trapping or your gums. By adopting good oral hygiene habits, you can help to ensure your crown will have great longevity.

If you’re a grinder we advise you wear a nightguard so you’re not fracturing or damaging your crowns.

We only recommend a bridge if you’re missing a tooth. While a crown goes on top of the tooth, a bridge is different. You have two teeth on either side and a gap in the middle so we have two crowns on top of the teeth on either side.

Our lab fabricates a natural-looking artificial tooth that is part of a three-piece unit. That gets pressed down and you have crowns on either side with the artificial teeth in the middle. We can close up little gaps when you’ve lost teeth or had teeth extracted. That’s an option of replacing missing teeth.

Just as you would do with a crown, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene habits. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss once daily and come in for checkups twice a year. It’s also a good idea to avoid eating hard or sticky foods.

Book an Appointment

Contact our Bassendean dental office today to schedule an appointment!

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

Crowns and Bridges in Bassendean WA | (08) 9379 3818