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Smile Makeovers: Natural Looking Crowns

A crown (‘cap’ or ‘helmet’) is a covering placed over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. Crowns are an ideal way to rebuild teeth which have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. They can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth. In addition, teeth diagnosed as having an early crack can be crowned to prevent them from splitting.

Teeth which have received root canal treatment usually need to be crowned.

At The Hampton Wick Dental Centre we work closely with very skilled Dental Technicians. They use the latest ceramic material, to ensure a perfect fit and a natural appearance.

Modern dental materials allow crowns including ones for back teeth to be manufactured fully from ceramic materials without an additional underlying layer of metal for extra strength giving the crowns a very natural appearance. In fact, they look and feel so natural even you will have difficulty telling them apart from your own teeth! They are also advantageous if you are known to have an allergy or sensitivity to metals.

Crowns FAQ

Crowns should last for many years. This does heavily depend on how you care for them. Consider the daily habits that could be affecting your crowns, and you'll be able to extend their wear.

Your dentist will shape the tooth by removing some of the outer surface. Sometimes the dentist may have to “build up” the core of the tooth (particularly if a lot has broken off) with filling material or put a post into the tooth so that the crown has something to sit on. Next, they will take an “impression” (ie make a mould of) your teeth and take a measurement of how you bite together. The dentist will record the shade of the adjacent teeth so that the new crown (nb: not for a metal crown) is an exact match for the other teeth. Your dentist will fit a temporary crown while the permanent crown is being made so that the tooth looks and feels the same between visits.

When the tooth has already been root treated it isn’t necessary, but in most cases your dentist will need to anaesthetise the tooth before working on it so that you don’t feel anything.

The impression, bite measurements and shade information are passed to a specialist dental laboratory. The laboratory makes a model of your mouth: the crown will be constructed on this to ensure that it fits in perfectly with your other teeth. About a week or two after your first appointment your dentist will see you for a second time to check that your new crown is a good fit and that the shade is a good match for your other teeth. The crown is then fixed in place using special dental cement.

Replacing Missing Teeth: Bridges


A bridge is used as a permanent replacement for one or more missing teeth. It is both aesthetic and functional.

Maryland bridges are good because only a little material must be removed from one of the teeth next to the gap. However, they are not as strong as conventional bridges and are only suitable for smaller gaps toward the front of the mouth. Also, if the teeth either side of the gap are in a poor condition, the dentist may advise that a Maryland bridge is not appropriate.

A bridge will restore your natural bite and prevent unwanted movement of the adjacent teeth and over eruption of the opposing teeth. They are a very desirable alternative to a removable partial denture.

All our bridges are made from the highest quality materials. We also offer minimal preparation adhesive bridges for maximum conservation of the tooth tissue.

At The Hampton Wick Dental Centre we work closely with very skilled Dental Technicians. They use the latest ceramic material, to ensure a perfect fit and a natural appearance.

Modern dental materials allow bridges including ones for back teeth to be manufactured fully from ceramic materials without an additional underlying layer of metal for extra strength giving the bridges a very natural appearance. In fact, they look and feel so natural even you will have difficulty telling them apart from your own teeth! They are also advantageous if you are known to have an allergy or sensitivity to metals.

Bridges FAQ

Usually because you have had a tooth extracted or knocked out in an accident, leaving you with a gap in your teeth. Closing the space is important for cosmetic reasons, but your dentist has good clinical reasons to fill in the space, too: leaving the gap open can put extra strain on the teeth either side. It can also affect your “bite” – the teeth on either side of the gap may lean together into the space and alter the way that the upper and lower teeth meet, which can cause further problems.

There are two basic types of bridge that your dentist might recommend:

  • A conventional bridge: your dentist makes a conventional bridge by placing crowns on the teeth either side of the gap (sometimes only one is needed). These crowns (called “retainers”) are joined to and support replacement teeth (called “pontics”) that fill in the space
  • A Maryland bridge: your dentist doesn’t need to use crowns to support a Maryland bridge. One or two wings are used to support the pontic instead. The dentist simply bonds the wing to the back of one of the teeth next to the gap. Maryland bridges are good because only a little material must be removed from one of the teeth next to the gap. However, they are not as strong as conventional bridges and are only suitable for smaller gaps toward the front of the mouth. Also, if the teeth either side of the gap are in a poor condition, the dentist may advise that a Maryland bridge is not appropriate

The retainers and the pontics of bridges can be made from a number of different materials, just as individual crowns can. Your dentist will recommend the best type of material for your bridge.

Dental bridges should last for many years. This does heavily depend on how you care for them. Consider the daily habits that could be affecting your bridges, and you'll be able to extend their wear.

In most cases it isn’t necessary to have an anaesthetic for a Maryland bridge. It is usually necessary for a conventional bridge, unless the tooth or teeth being used for the retainers have already had root canal treatment. Your dentist will let you know before work begins whether you need anaesthetic and, if you do, will anaesthetise the teeth before working on them so that you don’t feel anything.

Patient Testimonials

Jc

I have been a patient with Hampton Wick Dental Centre for many years as my husband went there first and said how wonderful they were. A few months ago I had a bridge done by Lama. She talked me though what she was going to do and put my mind at ease regarding having it done. The outcome is great much more confidence I can smile now without a gap many thanks to Lama and Ron for being such a special team.

Jc