Crowns are recommended when a filling or inlay/onlay are not appropriate, or have failed. Often some of the tooth has cracked off and the tooth will continue to break if a crown isn’t placed. Often there is a Bite problem and a crown is part of a treatment plan to correct the cause, as well as the damage.
What is a crown?
A crown is a long term restoration placed over a specially prepared tooth to restore it to form and function. The materials can vary but mostly a tooth colored material is chosen. These days, often the tooth can be 3D scanned and milled on the same day. Where maximum strength is require the scan can be sent to a high tech, Australian, dental laboratory for Zirconium, monolithic crowns.
What is a bridge?
Bridges usually have a crown placed either side of a gap, and a pontic (false tooth) is supported between the crowns to fill the gap. Bridges are commonly used to restore form and function where a tooth is missing or there is a gap. These can be made to look natural and were very common before implants. They are commonly recommended to help with Bite problems caused by missing, tilting, or drifting teeth.
3D scanning the mouth can sometimes eliminate the need to take rubber impressions, and the scan data can be emailed directly to a high tech Australian laboratory. We are working closely with developers from Australia and around the world to develop more sophisticated bridges with better materials.
If you would like more information on crowns and bridges or to book an appointment, please contact the Wendouree Dental team on 03 5339 3770.