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Dental Bridges & Dental Crowns in Pakenham

Shine Dental Group may recommend dental bridges and crowns procedures in order to replace missing teeth or restore strength to structurally weakened teeth. These procedures can achieve excellent results in terms of both aesthetics and function. Enquire with our clinic today to find out if dental bridges and crowns in Pakenham are right for you, or continue reading below for more information on each option.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, are designed to cover weakened teeth and restore both function and appearance. A dental crown is essentially a cap that goes over a tooth to protect what is left of it and enhance its strength and cosmetic appearance. Dental crowns can be made from a range of different materials, with popular types of dental crowns including porcelain crowns and ceramic crowns. The dental crown procedure typically takes place over multiple appointments, however, same day crowns are now available that can be fitted within a single appointment.

When Are Dental Crowns Needed?

Teeth crowns are often required for the following reasons:

  • To support teeth with large fillings, especially where there is hardly any original tooth structure left
  • To strengthen and restore badly broken teeth
  • To treat and protect cracked teeth
  • To strengthen and protect root canal treated teeth
  • To improve the appearance of malformed and discolored teeth where veneers are not suitable

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is an appliance that is permanently fixed in the mouth to replace missing teeth. It uses remaining teeth to support a new artificial tooth, which is often formed with a dental crown. Bridges are commonly made from porcelain fused to ceramic or metal, and are capable of lasting up to 15 years when taken care of well.

What’s the Difference Between Dental Bridges and Implants?

While dental bridges and implants are both effective tooth replacement options, they differ in certain aspects. Dental bridges require two healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth, allowing for the false tooth or teeth to be securely anchored. On the other hand, dental implants don’t rely on surrounding teeth and are instead inserted into the jaw bone, which is not an option for every patient due to jawbone density. Your dentist will be able to explain the differences between dental implants and dental bridges and determine which option is suitable for your mouth.