Crowns and Bridges in Alderley, QLD
Crowns and bridges in Alderley, QLD, when used together, restore your smile if you have a missing tooth or teeth. Unlike dentures, a crown-supported bridge is an attached restoration that can only be removed by your dentist in Alderley.
Tooth crowns and dental bridges are an excellent solution for people who have missing teeth—time-tested and practical.
While tooth crowns and dental bridges work together beautifully to restore your smile, tooth crowns have several dental health benefits when used alone as well.
If you have missing teeth and you are considering crowns and bridges in Alderley, QLD, we welcome your call to schedule an exam and chat with one of our dentists. We also encourage you to reach out if you have any questions.
- What are dental crowns in Alderley, QLD?
- When is a tooth crown required?
- How do CEREC same-day tooth crowns in Alderley, QLD work?
- How do inlays and onlays compare with a dental crown?
- What is a dental bridge in Alderley, QLD?
- How are dental bridges attached?
- How is a dental bridge different from a partial denture?
- How long will a crown or bridge last?
What Are dental crowns in Alderley, QLD?
A dental crown is also known as a ‘cap’ because it encases your tooth’s surface, restoring it to its original size and shape. If a root infection or trauma renders your tooth vulnerable to breakage, a crown provides support to that tooth so you can chew naturally and avoid a dental extraction.
A dental crown also conceals flaws in your tooth, including discolouration, chips, shape issues, and small gaps between teeth. And a dental crown in Alderley acts as your replacement tooth following dental implant surgery.
At Alderley Dental, we colour and shape our tooth crowns to blend naturally with your surrounding teeth, and we can often provide same-day crowns in Alderley.
A porcelain crown will last you many years with the appropriate oral hygienic practices and regular check-ups with your dentist.
When is a tooth crown required?
A full exam in our Brisbane area dental clinic will help us determine the appropriate restoration to treat your condition. However, when it comes to dental crowns in Alderley, QLD, they serve a variety of dental health and aesthetic purposes, including:
- Concealment of tooth flaws, chips, gaps, shape, and discolouration
- Restoration of a damaged tooth that cannot be fixed with a filling, inlay or onlay
- Covering a tooth following root canal treatment
- As a part of a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
Our dental crowns look and feel natural, and they will provide many years of protection with proper oral hygiene and professional dental care.
How do CEREC same-day tooth crowns in Alderley, QLD work?
With modern dental technology, the crown procedure is no longer a two-appointment treatment. The use of CEREC technology allows us to make dental restorations matching your natural tooth colour and shape during a single dental appointment.
Your dentist in Alderley, QLD takes a digital impression of your mouth and transfers this to a computer. From there, our on-site milling machine begins creating your same-day dental crown in Alderley, QLD.
How do inlays and onlays compare with a dental crown?
Inlays fit inside the cusps of the tooth like a routine filling but rely on a stronger material designed for more significant instances of decay. With the white porcelain material, you will barely know they are there.
Onlays cover a section of the top of the tooth, known as the cusp, as well as filling the cavity. The porcelain material is sturdy and more resistant to wear and tear than composite resin.
Both inlays and onlays provide more significant structural support than traditional composite fillings.
As opposed to a crown, inlays and onlays are:
- Less invasive
- Preserve more tooth structure
- More affordable
Which one is most suitable for you depends entirely on each tooth and its involvement in chewing and biting. We will provide your options, along with the benefits, to help you make an informed choice.
The dentists at Alderley Dental use CEREC technology to create custom ceramic restorations onsite at the time of your visit, requiring only a single appointment. If there is enough strong tooth structure left for preserving, then we would recommend either an inlay or onlay.
However, if there is a weak cusp, then we would recommend an onlay. This restoration would cover the fragile cusp to prevent it from splitting off later.
If your tooth is densely filled or badly broken down, then we would recommend a tooth crown.
What is a dental bridge in Alderley, QLD?
A dental bridge stands in for one or more missing teeth. While there are several different types of bridge, the most common is a ‘traditional’ bridge. A traditional bridge consists of a natural-coloured porcelain tooth or teeth, which is fused to metal, and attached to your existing teeth using dental crowns.
Dental crowns—located on either side of the bridge tooth or teeth—are attached to adjacent teeth, allowing the restoration teeth to fill your smile gap.
How are dental bridges attached?
We cover your natural teeth on either side of the smile gap with dental crowns. The prosthetic tooth, called a pontic, fills in space between your crowned teeth, providing you with a full and seamless smile.
How is a dental bridge different from a partial denture?
A dental bridge is an affixed tooth replacement option that you cannot remove without a dental professional. It relies on dental crowns or dental implants for support. You clean debris and bacteria from your dental bridge with a floss threader and special toothbrush to keep your gums and support teeth healthy.
A partial denture fills in for sporadic tooth loss and is a custom-designed restoration with replacement teeth throughout to fill in your smile gaps. A partial denture relies on healthy teeth and clips for support. You can remove a partial denture for cleaning or while asleep.
Both options are practical tooth replacement options. Your dentist in Alderley, QLD will help you make the best choice for your smile.
How long will a crown or bridge last?
The life of your tooth crown or dental bridge depends on several factors, including good oral hygiene.
A dental crown does not require a particular routine or extra maintenance. You brush and floss your tooth crown just like a natural tooth—typically, twice per day.
A dental bridge relies on a small toothbrushing and an easy-to-use floss threader for cleaning.
You’ll also want to visit your dentist in Alderley, QLD regularly for dental exams and teeth cleanings.
With good oral hygiene, your crown or bridge can last a lifetime. By keeping your gums and teeth healthy with regular flossing and brushing as well as keeping up your regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings, your crown or bridge stands the best chance.
Additional tips include:
- Never using your crown or bridge as a tool—opening a bottle, for example
- Talking to your dentist about a nightguard if you grind or clench your teeth
- Never chew on hard candy or ice
- Wearing the proper face gear or a mouthguard if you play sports.
These recommendations apply to natural teeth as well.
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