Teeth can age too and over the years fillings, infections, decay, and even certain chewing habits can cause damage to them. When a tooth breaks down, a dental crown can be placed over a tooth to protect it from fracturing further. These tooth caps can also be used to protect teeth after a root canal treatment or to replace badly shaped and discoloured teeth.
Treatment is usually carried out over two appointments and involves preparing the tooth, so the crown can properly fit on it. Your dentist will also take impressions of your tooth and send those out to a laboratory to create a custom-made permanent tooth cap, which is then placed and cemented into place during your second visit.
Choosing the right crowns for your mouth
There are various types of materials you can use, including metal and ceramic. The durability and longevity of the dental crowns depends on the material you choose. You can also get crowns that consist of a porcelain exterior and a metal framework supporting it. Our dentists will gladly discuss all the available options and can help you find the right treatment method for your teeth.
- Ceramic dental crowns – these have a beautiful, natural appearance and can be used in most areas. In zones of heavy grinding, a combination of ceramic and metal will be used for added durability.
- Gold crowns – these are only used where appearance is not an issue, such as the back teeth. Gold crowns are the strongest, longest lasting type available.
What is a bridge?
A dental bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis used to replace one or several missing teeth. It works by joining artificial teeth permanently to the closest teeth or implants.
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If you would like to find out more about getting bridges and ceramic dental crowns in Auckland, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us now and book an appointment to discuss treatment options with one of our dentists. Feel free to call us on (09) 426 5262, or fill in our contact form and we will be back in touch as soon as we can.