What is a crown?

A crown is an artificial restoration made in a laboratory that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural tooth. A crown is sometimes known as a ‘cap’.

Tooth coloured crowns are traditionally made from porcelain fused to a metal substructure.

Where aesthetic demands are high, advances in dental technology have brought about the introduction of super strong metal-free alternatives such as zirconia crowns which are pretty much indistinguishable from natural teeth.

At Market Weighton Dental Practice we have a 3D digital scanner which may allow us to carry out the procedure without the need for taking sticky impressions.

Why would I need a crown?

Crowns are an ideal way to repair teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by tooth decay or a very large filling. A crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for example:

Crowns are often recommended:

  • Following root canal treatment, a crown would protect what is left of the tooth;
  • When a large filling wears or fails or to strengthen a weakened tooth;
  • To improve the colour, shape, size and function of a tooth.
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What is a bridge?

A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth and consists of an artificial tooth anchored and supported by your natural teeth.

The bridge is usually made by putting crowns on the teeth at either side of the gap, and then joining these two crowns together by placing a false tooth in the space.

Another option is an adhesive bridge. This has ‘wings’ that are bonded to the back of the supporting teeth.

Can I always have a bridge to replace missing teeth?

You can have a bridge only if you have enough strong teeth with good bone support. Your dentist will help you decide which the best way of replacing missing teeth is.

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