Procedures

Crowns & Bridges

Crown over filling

Tooth structure can be replaced by materials that are constructed outside the mouth.  These are called ‘indirect restorations’.  The advantage of indirect restorations is the greater strength and better reconstruction of the shape of the tooth. Disadvantages can be the need to cut away healthy tooth structure to allow insertion of the restoration.  This can be avoided with direct restorations.
We will be happy to discuss with you the advantages and disadvantages for your particular situation.

Crowns

Often referred to as ‘caps’, crowns are indirect restorations that cover the whole surface of the tooth.  They can be made of gold alloy, ceramic or ceramic bonded to metal alloy.  They can be secured onto the tooth by cementation or direct bonding techniques. The procedures for preparing the tooth and the longevity of the restorations are different for the different materials and techniques. We are happy to advise you on the advantages and disadvantages for your individual needs.

Bridges

Bridges are used to replace missing teeth.  They are cemented or bonded to an adjacent supporting tooth or teeth by metal flanges or crown, onlay or inlay type restorations.
The procedures for preparing the teeth and the longevity of the restorations are different for the different materials and techniques. We are happy to advise you on the advantages and disadvantages for your individual needs.