Dental bridges are false teeth, which are anchored onto neighbouring teeth in order to replace one or more missing teeth. The ‘false tooth’ on the bridge will look as though it is coming from your gum. With advanced technology and better labs nowadays it is hard to recognise which tooth is which.
The false tooth is known as a pontic and is fused in between two crowns that serve as anchors by attaching to the teeth on each side of the false tooth, thereby bridging them together. The crowns on either side should last for 10-15 years, depending on the health of the tooth underneath and how well you look after them. Bridges can be as big or small as a Dentist would recommend. Bridges are recommended when there are one or more teeth missing that affect your smile and appearance, the way you bite your teeth together, your speech or the shape of your face. They can be recommended for a variety of cosmetic and also functional purposes.
Crowns are a great option for both cosmetic and general dentistry options. If you have a tooth that you are unhappy with – it may be that it is discoloured, chipped or looks slightly out of place. Or a tooth that is very worn due to tooth grinding or acid erosion a crown can help to both protect your natural tooth and improve its appearance. A crown is like a special sleeve made of metal or ceramics, or both, that goes over a damaged or weak tooth. Your dentist will match it up to the shape – and, in the case of porcelain crowns, colour – of your other teeth so it will look natural. The crown should last for 10-15 years, depending on the health of the tooth underneath and how well you look after them.
Here at Shine Dental, we offer a range of different crowns. Most of the crowns we offer are now free of metal. This gives a much more aesthetic appearance making crowns look more natural and also eliminates the possibility of an allergic reaction to metal. Under certain lighting, the metal base can also sometimes be seen. Unless gold is requested, the alloys contain a mixture of metals and you can develop mild gingival inflammation. This is characterised by “angry” looking gums.