Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are two types of fixed prosthetic devices used by dentists which stay in place as opposed to dentures, which can be removed. Crowns and bridges are usually cemented onto existing teeth and only a dentist can remove them. If you find yourself needed one of these treatments or think that you might, Whitehouse & Partners is here for you.
What are crowns?
Crowns cover or ‘cap’ the damaged tooth, having the effect of strengthening it as well as making it look better. Crowns can be used to restore the shade or alignment of a tooth and can be added in top of an implant to improve the shape or function. Crowns come in porcelain or ceramic varieties that match up with the colour of your teeth as well as in gold, metal alloys and acrylic versions. The latter types are stronger than porcelain and are often preferred for back teeth, where strength is more important than appearance.
Reasons for crowns include:
- Protecting a tooth that is broken from fracturing
- Restoring a broken tooth
- Replacing a large filling if there is little tooth left
- Covering a discoloured or badly shaped tooth
What are bridges?
Bridges are used to cover the gaps in teeth and to help keep remaining teeth in good alignment – misaligned teeth can lead to a poor bite and to pain. Gaps in teeth can also be an avenue for gum disease and other problems to gain a foothold. Usually, existing teeth serve as an anchor for a bridge through sometimes crowns are added to do the job.
Bridges come in a variety of materials, with the function and looks usually taken into account when making a choice. Both porcelain and ceramics bridges can match the colour of your teeth while tougher materials may be needed deeper into the mouth.
As one of the longest established dental practices in Kidderminster and the West Midlands we have the experienced team to make sure you get the best care possible. If you are looking for a local dentist able to provide a broad range of services, from standard fillings and check-ups to cosmetic procedures, speak to us today on 01562 822 216 or click the button below to send us a message.