Crowns & Bridges

Crowns

Crowns can be used as a type of cosmetic restoration to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, heavily worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay.

 

Crowns are ‘cemented’ or ‘bonded’ onto an existing tooth and completely cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, ceramics, gold, or a combination of these. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are most often preferred because they look just like a real tooth, however it is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and you should discuss your personal case with our dentist.

 

Crowns are typically needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling, or when a tooth has been cracked or broken. Unlike fillings which the dentist will place the filling material directly into your mouth, a crown is fabricated in a dental laboratory.

Bridges

A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite.

 

A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials, and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.

 

The success of any bridge depends on its foundation — the other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it’s very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.

 

No More Old-Fashioned Impressions.

Here at Live Life Smiling Dental, we don’t take impressions the old fashioned way with a metal tray full of goo. Using the most cutting-edge technology, our scanner takes a virtual impression of your teeth and mouth and produces an identical computer generated model. With this computer generated model, a specialist dental technician will make a crown that exactly matches your tooth, including colour and translucency. Our dentist and our technician will examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements, and sculpt a crown just for you so that your bite and jaw movements are identical to what it was like before the crown was placed.

 

Australian Made, for Australians.

All of our specialist lab work (like crowns) are produced right here in Newcastle, and not sent off to the lowest overseas bidder. This means that we have much more quality control and can ensure that your dental work is of the highest possible standard.