CROWNS & BRIDGES
Crowns and bridges can restore both the function and aesthetics of damaged or missing teeth
At Burleigh Dental Studio, we provide bespoke, handcrafted crowns and bridges designed to last. Comprehensive treatment planning, strong tooth foundations, ideal preparations and bonding protocols are essential to achieving successful, long-lasting crowns and bridges.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is an artificial covering that fits over and is permanently bonded to an existing tooth. It improves the aesthetic appearance of a damaged tooth and acts as a protective layer to help strengthen and stabilise the underlying tooth. As a result, it restores the tooth’s natural function enabling you to bite down, chew and speak naturally.
At Burleigh Dental Studio, our handcrafted dental crowns are made from a variety of durable and aesthetic materials including porcelain and zirconia.
Does my private health fund cover the cost of dental crowns?
Your health fund may cover some of the cost of dental crowns depending on your policy provider and your dental extras cover. If you have private health insurance that covers ‘major dental’ work, this typically includes some dental crown costs. However, all policies are different, and it’s important to ensure that you understand exactly what your private health fund covers. Feel free to contact us at Burleigh Dental Studio for treatment item numbers to discuss with your health fund.
What indications may require a dental crown?
- Cracked or broken tooth
- Large broken-down filling
- Extensive dental decay
- Weak or discoloured tooth
- Following root canal treatment
- Tooth with poor size or shape
What is a dental bridge?
Missing teeth can make it difficult to smile without embarrassment or chew without pain. If missing teeth are not promptly treated, they can cause your remaining teeth to shift and become crooked. Dental bridges are an excellent solution to replace missing teeth with an aesthetically attractive, durable, and functional result.
With a dental bridge, your existing teeth or implants are used as anchors. The dental bridge fills in the gap caused by missing teeth. Dental bridges can be composed of several different materials, including porcelain, zirconia, and various metals.
Getting used to your dental bridge takes only a few days. It’s advised to eat soft foods for the first day or two following your procedure. Within a fortnight, most patients will generally return to eating normally, speaking with ease, and smiling with confidence.
Am I suitable for dental bridge treatment?
If you need replacement teeth or you want to fill a gap left by an extracted tooth, you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a multifaceted procedure that requires patients to meet certain criteria. You could be a good fit for dental bridge treatment if you:
- Have a single gap left by one to four missing teeth. A single dental bridge is generally not recommended to cover multiple non-consecutive missing teeth.
- Have strong and healthy teeth or implants surrounding the gap. A dental bridge requires strong teeth or implants on either side of the gap to anchor onto.
- Have sufficient jawbone density in the region to support your bridge.
- Are free of gum disease and other oral health issues that could affect the appearance or stability of a bridge.
- Are committed to maintaining good oral hygiene and looking after your teeth and dental bridge after the procedure.
- Are in sound general health to undergo the procedure.
Our expert team can assess your suitability for a dental bridge based on the condition of your teeth or implants, gums and jawbone, and your medical history. If you’re not suitable for dental bridge treatment, we can advise on other treatment options available to you.
The dental bridge treatment process
The dental bridge treatment process involves several procedures:
1. Initial consultation
Dr Anthony Hua will first examine your teeth or dental implants and make sure that any tooth decay or gum damage is treated. At Burleigh Dental Studio, we house some of the most cutting-edge and innovative diagnostic technology to allow for on-the-spot, efficient and comprehensive assessments.
2. Preparation and fabrication
The teeth or implants on either side of the gap will be ideally prepared and impressions taken to allow for designing of your dental bridge.
A temporary bridge can be attached while our Laboratory Ceramist fabricates your bespoke, handcrafted permanent bridge.
3. The fitting of your permanent bridge
Once your dental bridge is crafted to perfection, it is bonded to the adjacent teeth around your gap using only the best bonding procedures and techniques or anchored to existing dental implants if it is an implant-supported dental bridge.
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