Clinical Dermatology

Crowns Bridges

What are porcelain crowns and bridges?

Crowns and bridges are made of porcelain and other ceramic-like materials and are fashioned such that they fit over the top of a suitably prepared tooth, to mimic the aesthetics and function of our natural teeth.

Although there are aesthetic benefits to this treatment, the main reason for placing crowns is to strengthen damaged teeth so they can withstand the large forces we exert on them when we eat. And thanks to the latest developments, porcelain crowns can now blend in seamlessly with your other teeth.

Bridges are prepared in a comparable way to crowns and look very similar. However, they are used as a fixed way of replacing missing teeth and are a fabulous alternative to removable partial dentures.

Why would porcelain crowns and bridges be suitable for me?

Crowns are used for a number of reasons, mainly where veneers or dental bonding restorations don’t provide a strong enough solution.
• For heavily decayed teeth
• For heavily fractured teeth
• For heavily eroded teeth
• For teeth with a large cavity
• Following root canal treatment
• To cover a dental implant
• For cosmetic reasons