The natural ageing process, accidental damage or poor oral hygiene are just some reasons why your teeth might end up gapped, cracked or damaged. Understandably, a less-than-perfect smile might make you feel insecure and anxious about your appearance, making you want to hide your smile away from the world.
Self-consciousness is a horrible feeling, and if you don't feel confident in your smile, it can dramatically affect your quality of life. Luckily, our professional Dee Dental team is here to help transform both your smile and confidence.
At Dee Dental Paisley, we aim to restore your confidence and help you reclaim the joy in life. Our high-quality dental crowns and bridges are a fantastic natural-looking solution to missing teeth, gapping, cracking or other imperfections. Our team will help you make your dream smile a reality, and after treatment, your teeth will look beautifully even, complete and ready to show off.
Whether it's a high-quality bridge to fill a gap or a crown to protect and fill out a damaged tooth, our qualified dentists will support you through the process with care and consideration.
Please get in touch with us today to arrange an initial consultation with our expert team.
In dentistry, crowns and bridges are two types of cosmetic treatments used to close gaps between teeth or improve a damaged tooth. The best choice depends on your dental situation, and our friendly team of professionals can help you decide which treatment is right for you.
Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. This means that unlike dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants.
Our team use only the highest quality materials to achieve outstanding aesthetic and functional results. Walking you through the process from start to finish, we will ensure your comfort and convenience throughout your treatment, supporting you every step of the way.
A crown is used to cover or "cap" a damaged tooth entirely. Besides strengthening a compromised tooth, crowns can be used to improve appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function.
Crowns can be made of several different materials, such as gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. EMAX (ceramic) alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and come recommended for back teeth.
We may recommend a crown to:
A bridge is a false tooth that is fitted in an existing gap. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. The replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns covering the abutments.
A bridge is excellent for replacing a missing tooth where you do not want to use a removable denture. This can be beneficial not just for aesthetic purposes but for overall dental health. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a change in your bite and making you more prone to gum disease.
As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth.
Before either a crown or a bridge can be made, the tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit over it properly. After reducing the tooth/teeth, your dentist will take an impression to provide an exact mould for the crown or bridge. If porcelain is to be used, your dentist will determine the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the colour of your existing teeth.
Using this impression, a dental lab then makes your crown or bridge in the material your dentist specifies. A temporary crown or bridge will be placed to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown or bridge is being made. When the permanent crown or bridge is ready, the temporary crown or bridge is removed, and the new crown or bridge is cemented over your prepared tooth or teeth.
While crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out, especially if you bite into something hard. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene and to visit us regularly for hygiene cleaning appointments.