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Crown and Bridge

Crowns

A crown is a complicated replacement of most of the visible tooth. They are done for a number of reasons, however, they are predominantly done when there is insufficient tooth to provide a filling. As you can imagine, a certain amount of tooth needs to be available to bond a filling in place. Unfortunately, once more than half of the tooth is missing, placing a filling is usually for the short-term. Large fillings have little to bond to, are difficult or impossible to have tightly knitted to the adjacent teeth, and, are susceptible to further decay where they join the natural tooth.

There are numerous types of crowns. The most durable are full gold crowns, however, a newer material called zirconia is now being used regularly in this practice. These are extremely durable and are tooth coloured.

Predominantly, The Dental Junction uses porcelain crowns that are fused to a metal core, or, full porcelain crowns called e-Max. The margins of our crowns are porcelain where possible so there should not be any ugly metal showing.

Our crowns are manufactured in a number of places. We use laboratories in Noosa, Buderim, Sydney and Brisbane. Regardless of the type of crown or where it is manufactured, our fee is the same. We want you to have the best available and we will advise you accordingly.

Other reasons for crowns.
• All root canalled teeth should be crowned as they are substantially weaker once they are treated.
• Teeth that are cracked severely or showing symptoms of internal cracks. A crown will, in most instances, hold the tooth together.
• Replacement of large amalgams. Amalgam is a long lasting material, however, when they do fail, they usually fail spectacularly. This usually starts happening in our fifties and sixties.

For a price-shopping guide on crowns (click here)

Bridges

A bridge is utilised to replace a missing tooth.

For why to replace a missing tooth, please (click here).

When a tooth (or teeth) is/are missing, the teeth either side of the gap can be crowned and an additional tooth (or teeth) can be suspended between them. Basically, it is providing two crowns with a couple of additional complications.
When considering a bridge, The Dental Junction considers the teeth either side. If these teeth have large fillings, then a bridge may help to reinforce these teeth too. If the teeth have never had a filling, then the best option to replace a missing tooth is probably an implant.

Bridges do take a bit more maintenance than single teeth and we will discuss this with you prior to commencing any treatment.

For information concerning implants, please (click here).