Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges and indirect restorations. This means that they are made outside of your mouth by a milling machine or a dental laboratory. Firstly, your tooth is prepared for the crown or bridge, then an impression or scan is made of the preparation and this is used to create you indirect restoration so that it accurately fits your tooth afterwards.
The photos below give you an idea of what can be achieved. This tooth was very badly decayed. i cleared the decay, did a root canal therapy on the tooth as the nerve had been infected. I then took an impressions and my lab technician made the crown. The crown was cemented with an adhesive cement to firmly secure it to the remaining tooth. As you can see the crown covers the tooth completely, just like a tight fitting cap!
A bridge is used to fill a space. Either one tooth is used or two teeth are used on either side of the space. The teeth are prepared and impressions taken. A bridge is made up of a few crowns bonded together. it is then securely fixed to your teeth.