Dental Crowns and Bridges in Coffs Harbour
If you recently broke a tooth or are facing a dental extraction, you likely have a number of concerns about the health and appearance of your smile. Our Arthur Street Dental team is here to help you find a solution that works best for you.
Not only do we provide tooth-coloured dentistry, which looks natural, but we also recognise that each patient is an individual who has their own goals for their smile.
Dental crowns and bridges are two common dental restorations designed to protect your oral health. Dr Justin Ward and Dr Lisa Staudinger are experienced in creating the type of durable and attractive dentistry that gives patients confidence in how they look and the ability to enjoy the foods they love.
Are you ready to improve your smile with dental crowns and bridges at our Coffs Harbour, NSW dental clinic? The following questions should help you make an informed decision for your oral health.
- What is the purpose of dental crowns?
- Why do I need a crown instead of a filling?
- What if I choose not to treat a damaged tooth?
- Why do I need a dental crown after a root canal?
- What is the purpose of dental bridges?
- What happens if I choose not to replace a missing tooth?
- How do I take care of my dental crown or bridge?
- How can I find out more information about dental crowns and bridges?
What is the purpose of dental crowns?
Deep decay or a fractured tooth can result in compromised structure. A dental crown, or cap as it is sometimes called, is different than a filling because it not only seals the tooth, but completely covers the entire tooth. A dental crown absorbs much of the force from chewing.
At our Coffs Harbour dental clinic, we prioritise patient comfort. After completely anaesthetising your tooth, Dr Ward or Dr Staudinger will gently remove any signs of decay along with any damaged tooth structure. They will take a mould of your tooth and match the shade of your smile, so your final restoration blends in with the rest of your teeth seamlessly.
Our trusted dental lab will design your crown based on the mould we provide. While you wait for your permanent crown to be fabricated, Dr Ward or Dr Staudinger will place a temporary crown on your tooth to protect it in the meantime. Once we receive the crown back from the lab, you will come in so our dentists can permanently attach it to your tooth and make any final adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit.
With proper oral care, your dental crown can last 10 or 15 years, or even longer.
Why do I need a crown instead of a filling?
When a cavity is filled, the decayed portion of the tooth is first removed to make room for the filling. Often with larger cavities—particularly those in the back of the mouth in the molars—quite a bit of the tooth structure must be removed. Over time, fillings can start to fracture. Replacing the filling is often not an option because too much of the tooth structure has been compromised.
A dental crown will strengthen the tooth, extending the life of the tooth in question for many years. You will be able to bite down and chew confidently on your new dental crown.
What if I choose not to treat a damaged tooth?
At our Coffs Harbour, NSW dental clinic, we always respect the decisions of our patients. After all, we understand it is your smile. We believe in the importance of patient education to help you make good decisions about your oral health. To that end, we will answer your questions and offer information to help you make an informed choice that works best for you.
It is important to recognise that opting to avoid treatment for a broken tooth may lead to a painful dental emergency or even require an extraction in the future. If other alternatives exist, Dr Ward or Dr Staudinger will be happy to discuss those with you.
Why do I need a dental crown after a root canal?
A root canal removes the living portion of the tooth root, which is called the pulp of the tooth, when there is an infection. Once this is removed, there is no longer a nerve or blood supply in the tooth root, so the body will no longer send nutrients to the area. This usually causes the tooth structure to become brittle and at a high risk of cracking or fracturing. A dental crown placed over the remaining tooth strengthens it, ensuring that you can chew on the tooth comfortably. A root canal combined with a dental crown can save your tooth for many years to come.
What is the purpose of dental bridges?
Facing a dental extraction or losing a tooth due to trauma leaves a space in your smile. A dental bridge is an alternative to dental implant treatment that will complete your smile without the need for surgery.
The process of creating a dental bridge is quite similar to that of a crown because two crowns will be placed on adjacent teeth to support an artificial tooth in place. Like dental crowns, we design a bridge to match your natural teeth for aesthetic purposes.
There are also instances when we can use one tooth to support your bridge or a metal framework to attach directly to teeth. Our dentists will go over all your options with you during your exam at our Coffs Harbour, NSW dental clinic.
What happens if I choose not to replace a missing tooth?
When there is a gap in your smile left by a missing tooth, this can lead to a host of other problems. Because there is now an empty space, your remaining teeth tend to shift to fill in the space. Imagine a bookshelf and what happens when a book is removed; the other books lean to fill in the gap. When this happens in your mouth, it may negatively impact your bite and your appearance as well as expose roots, which causes sensitivity. One missing tooth that is not replaced also tends to lead to more missing teeth.
If you are uncertain about a dental bridge, we will be happy to discuss other options and help you come to a decision that works best for you.
How do I take care of my dental crown or bridge?
You won’t need to do anything special to take care of your dental crown. Dental crowns require normal brushing and flossing to keep the crown as well as your teeth and gums healthy. Be sure to continue visiting our Coffs Harbour, NSW dental clinic regularly as part of maintaining your overall oral health. Your crown won’t develop cavities, but bacteria can sneak in below the crown and cause problems. Gum disease is also a possibility, so it’s a good idea for your dentist to check your gum health at bi-annual check-ups.
Your dental bridge will require some extra attention because it can be somewhat challenging to remove food particles that get lodged beneath the bridge. We can go over your options, which include a special dental floss and brush to keep the area around the bridge clean.
How can I find out more information about dental crowns and bridges?
We warmly welcome you to contact our Coffs Harbour, NSW dental clinic to arrange an appointment or discuss the services we offer at Arthur Street Dental, including dental crowns and bridges.