Crown & Bridges
What are Dental Crowns and Bridges?

Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic solution to missing or damaged teeth. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. This restorative procedure uses prosthetic devices to return your smile to its natural state. A crown is used when the tooth structure is damaged or fractured. A bridge is used when one or more teeth are missing.

Crown

A crown is a cap or cover for a tooth that brings it back to its normal shape and size. Crowns strengthen and improve the tooth and its appearance. Your dentist will recommend a crown if you have a tooth that is generally too damaged and fillings won’t solve the problem. For cracked teeth, a crown will hold the tooth together and seal any cracks, preventing further damage occurring. Different materials can be used which can be ceramic, porcelain fused to metal, gold depending on aesthetic and function considerations.

Bridge

Bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. They cover the gaps where the missing teeth are. The bridge is cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These adjacent teeth act as anchors for the bridge.

A crown is placed on these teeth and a replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crown to fill the gap. Just as with crowns, you can choose the material for your bridge. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth.

Maryland Bridge

A Maryland bridge is a treatment option for replacing a missing tooth with a porcelain tooth with metallic wings. This bridge technique was first developed at the University of Maryland, and this is where it gets the name.

An original Maryland bridge consists of a metal framework with a porcelain tooth baked on to the front of the framework. The framework then ends up as a false porcelain tooth with two metal wings on the side. The wings are then bonded to the back sides of the neighbouring teeth.

We use CAD CAM technology to fabricate ‘high tensile strength emax’ wings (ceramic wings instead of the metal framework) delivering an aesthetic Maryland bridge in one single appointment.

At SO Dental at Chatswood Place and SO Dental at Lemon Grove Shopping Centre, we can provide the services of same day crown and bridge by our state-of-the-art CEREC and PLANSCAN systems. To learn more about CEREC technology for same day crown and veneers click here.

A thorough examination and a treatment planning are needed before any advance dental procedures would be performed. Please contact SO Dental for more information (02) 94131446.

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