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Crowns and Bridges

Woman smiling in dentalDo you have broken, decayed or missing teeth? Our custom porcelain and ceramic restorations can restore your smile back to optimal function and health.

If you’re experiencing any tooth pain, be sure to let us know. Although decaying or cracked teeth may not always cause discomfort, it’s important to intercept concerns before they have the chance to become more aggressive in nature.

Dental Crowns

A crown is like a helmet that we put over your tooth, protecting it against fractures. If you’ve had a root canal in the past, extensive decay or restorations making up more than 60% of the tooth, a crown is usually required. Crowns reinforce the tooth underneath, allowing it to distribute chewing and biting forces evenly without the risk of additional breakage.

Smaller areas of damage can sometimes be repaired with a more conservative onlay (“half crown”) or an inlay (indirect restoration made in the lab). Otherwise, we use dental fillings for small to medium sized cavities as a conservative alternative.

Bridges

Bridges preserve the spacing of adjacent teeth and restore normal biting capabilities.

Fixed bridges usually consist of 3-4 units (“teeth”) with the ends resting on top of healthy teeth or implants for support. The goal is to fill in the gap caused by missing teeth by suspending a restoration across the open space.

With multiple missing teeth, implant supported bridges tend to be the best solution. A pair of implants can anchor a bridge that replaces up to 3-4 teeth at a time. Conventional bridges suspended by natural teeth are only used for restoring 1-2 teeth at once.


If the adjacent teeth are free of existing dental work, an individual implant in that space may be a healthier option.

Both crowns and bridges can be used in conjunction with dental implant therapy. In lieu of wearing a removable partial denture or cutting down teeth to install a bridge, we can attach a fixed restoration on top of implants in that space.

It’s important to keep your oral hygiene up to help your restoration last as long as possible. In addition to scheduling regular checkups, make a point to floss around your crowns and bridges each day. We can show you how a floss threader or water flosser make this process effective.

Also, take note to focus on the gumlines when you brush your teeth. Although dental ceramics do not decay, the edges around your crown or bridge can develop cavities. If they do, the decay may seep underneath your restoration and cause it to fail.

Do you clench or grind your teeth? Investing in a protective bite splint will protect your investment. Dental porcelains are durable but not invincible to extensive bruxism habits. A mouthguard can reduce your chances of broken or chipped dental work.

Try to avoid biting anything hard — such as nuts — with your new restoration.

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Crowns and Bridges Port Hedland, South Hedland, Wedgefield, Pilbara WA | (08) 9173-5838