Restore and enhance your smile’s function and appearance
Dr Paul Trembath has decades of experience using dental crowns and bridges. A crown is perfect for adding strength to a heavily filled or decayed tooth and a bridge is used to replace missing teeth.
Dr Trembath works closely with a specialist dental technician right here in Brisbane. Together Dr Trembath and the dental technician will ensure you get the best fit and a perfect colour match on any crown or bridge.
With Dr Paul Trembath’s decades of experience using dental crowns and bridges and will ensure you understand:
- What are dental crowns and bridges?
- How much do crowns and bridges cost?
- What are the benefits of crowns and bridges?
- How long do bridges and crowns last?
At a Glance
What are dental crowns and bridges?
Dental crowns and bridges are fixed solutions for missing or impaired teeth. Dental crowns are used when a tooth’s structure is compromised. A dental bridge is used when one or more teeth are missing. This restorative treatment uses custom made prosthetics to re-establish your smile.
How long do bridges and crowns last?
With the right home care routine and regular dental check-ups and cleans, dental crowns and bridges can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years—sometimes even longer. Recent dental advances have made dental bridges and crowns durable, as well as stain and chip resistant.
How do I care for my crown or bridge?
Caring for your dental prosthetics is the same as caring for your natural teeth; brush and floss daily, eat a healthy diet and schedule your dental appointments every six months. As dental crowns and bridges are durable, they still have potential to fracture like a natural tooth. To ensure your prosthetics last, don’t do anything to a crown or bridge that you wouldn’t to a natural tooth.
Can dental crowns be whitened?
Unfortunately, dental crowns cannot be whitened. As they are made from a durable, non-porous material they are resistant to staining, which also means they are resistant to teeth whitening.
Can a dental bridge cover two teeth?
Dental bridges are generally used to replace up to two teeth. This is because the dental bridge relies on the adjacent teeth for support. When replacing more than two missing teeth, dental implants are used to for more strength.
How long does a dental crown procedure take?
Generally, a dental crown procedure will take two dentist appointments. The first appointment will involve preparing the tooth, taking an impression and placing a temporary crown. This will usually take around an hour. The second appointment will cement the custom-made crown onto your natural tooth. This will usually take around half an hour.
Case Study 3
Extreme wear of this patients front teeth made for a prematurely aged appearance. The teeth were restored with ceramic crowns. The final result produced a dramatic improvement in this gentlemans smile.
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All ceramic crowns including implant.
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With modern porcelains and by using an experienced ceramist, beautiful, lifelike crowns can be produced. In this case, pre-existing crowns were replaced with porcelain crowns of the correct colour, shape and fit with porcelain margins.
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Full coverage crownwork restores strength to teeth previously weakened by decay, large fillings or cracks. It will restore heavily worn teeth and restore function to a poor bite. Here is an example of a case restored with porcelain fused to gold crownwork after extreme wear had occured to the anterior teeth.
Crowns and bridges are fixed solutions for missing or damaged teeth
What are dental crowns and bridges?
Dental crowns and bridges are one of the most commonly used restorations in dentistry. Unlike removable dentures, dental crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetics. They are cemented onto existing teeth or dental implants to create a natural looking smile.
What is a dental crown used for?
Dental crowns are used to repair tooth damage such as cracks, chips and severe discolouration. Dental crowns help strengthen and stabilise the structure of the tooth.
Preparing a tooth for a dental crown is a relatively straightforward process. In your first appointment, Dr Paul Trembath will reduce the size of your natural tooth so the crown will fit perfectly over the top. An impression of your tooth will be taken and sent off to a specialised laboratory to be created. You will then receive a temporary crown until your permanent one is made.
In your second appointment, the permanent crown will be fitted over your tooth with the aid of dental cement. It should be a perfect match to your natural teeth in both colour and feel.
What are the benefits of dental crowns?
Dental crowns can improve the look of broken, misshapen, cracked or severely discoloured teeth. When a dental crown is attached to a dental implant, it can replace a missing tooth and restore the look of your smile.
Another benefit of dental crowns is they are cemented into place, meaning they won’t move. Unlike dentures, that often shift and slide, crowns stay in place, which is important when patients are eating or speaking.
One of the most important benefits of dental crowns is their ability to protect the tooth from further damage or decay. When placed over a damaged natural tooth, dental crowns act like a splint that offers protection and stability to the underlying tooth.
What is a dental bridge used for?
A dental bridge is a dental prosthetic that creates a bridge over the space where teeth are missing. They are usually made from three dental crowns fused together.
Dr Paul Trembath will need to prepare your healthy remaining teeth that are next to the gap for bridgework. The size of the adjacent teeth will be reduced slightly as the crowns will sit over them to anchor the bridge and provide it with proper support.
Bridges are cemented into place and aren’t removable. The only way to remove a dental bridge is a visit to your dentist.
What are the benefits of a dental bridge?
One aim of a dental bridge is to re-establish the aesthetic appearance of your smile. Recent technology has given dental bridges a more natural look so they can fit seamlessly into your smile.
Another benefit of dental bridges is they can improve lost or impaired speech and help patients bite and chew normally.
Dental bridges can also maintain the proper form of your jaw and keep your face symmetrical. Bridges fill the spots where your missing teeth are and can stop your remaining teeth from shifting or drifting into the void.
How long do bridges and crowns last?
It’s important that your restorative treatment lasts as long as it can. Dental crowns and bridges can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, or even longer.
You should be taking care of your dental prosthetics like you do your natural teeth. Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing can help stop tooth decay and gum disease that may result in tooth loss. Dr Paul Trembath can demonstrate how to correctly care for your bridges and crowns.
Attending your regular six months check up and cleans means any potential problems can be diagnosed early. Choosing a balanced diet for proper nutrition is also important. It’s imperative you keep your remaining teeth strong and healthy as a dental bridge depends on the foundation offered by the surrounding teeth.
Whether you want a dental crown or bridge for aesthetic reasons, or to help your mouth function normally again, Dr Paul Trembath and his team can help.