Crowns and Bridges are used to strengthen decayed or broken teeth, or for cosmetic reasons to make your teeth look great. Fitting them is a simple process that will improve both the health and appearance of a tooth or teeth and how you’re able to use them, for example, they can help you eat certain foods more easily.
What is a crown?
A crown is literally a cap that fits over the tooth. They’re often needed when a tooth has become weakened or decayed, fractured or has had a root canal. The crown is used to strengthen and protect the tooth it covers and improves its overall appearance. We use a few different materials to make the crown (porcelain, metal and a mix of both). The materials we choose will depend on the strength of your tooth and how you want it to look once it’s finished.
Fitting your crown
You might think we’re crazy for saying we’re excited about fitting crowns but the truth is, we just love our technology! Warragul Dental Care are the only dentist in the area to offer crowns within 1 appointment. Yep. You heard right. We’ve invested in the most cutting edge technology (it’s called a CEREC machine) to let you walk out with your brand new crown in just 1 appointment.
In the old days you needed a messy impression, had a numb mouth, a temporary crown for up to 3 weeks (which could fall out) then another visit, and another injection to fit your new crown.
Now we just whisk you in, prepare your tooth, take a 3D scan, plug it into our whizzy computer and it makes a crown there and then. And if you’re lucky Dr Anand will let you watch it being made (his favourite part). The best part is that after 1 appointment it’s done and dusted, so you can spend more time on the fun stuff and not on more visits to the dentist.
We’re delighted to offer this fantastic service – our patients are always amazed at the speed of the service, especially compared to the old fashioned method. With just 1 injection and 1 appointment you can walk away feeling confident that your custom-made crown will last for the long-term.
When you have all 32 teeth sitting perfectly in your mouth everything makes sense. But what happens when one goes missing? Things might start to shift, your bite goes off a bit making it hard to eat and your teeth don’t look as great as you’d like. That’s where a bridge can help. It sounds as simple as it is! We pop a crown on the two healthy teeth either side of the gap and use them to hold up the ‘bridge’ over the gap. Then a false tooth is dropped in.
The procedure for making a bridge is very similar to making a crown. We use the same materials and we’ll need at least two appointments to get it fitted correctly. Once you have a bridge it will require some special care when brushing and flossing. We’ll chat about it at your appointment to make sure you know how to keep it in tip-top condition.