Zirconia Crowns and Bridges
Teeth that are missing or damaged can have a negative impact on your quality of life—whether it’s simply that you are self-conscious about your smile, or if you are having issues with being able to chew your favourite foods comfortably.
Dental crowns and bridges are permanent prosthetic devices that strengthen damaged or replace missing teeth.
What Are Crowns and Bridges?
Dental crowns are custom-made, permanent restorations. They are essentially a tooth cover, or cap, that is placed over a natural tooth, or on top of an implant, and completely covers the visible portion of the tooth above the gum line.
A dental bridge literally bridges the gap left by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges span the space where the teeth are missing, anchoring themselves to the natural teeth on either side or to dental implants. These teeth are called abutments and serve as the anchor point for the bridge; the teeth in-between are called pontics.
When Should Crowns and Bridges Be Used?
There are several cases that prompt the need or desire to have crown or bridge restorations done. In general, they are used to restore strength, functionality, shape and size to a tooth (or teeth) and to improve the aesthetic appearance of your mouth.
The following are examples of situations where a crown or bridge could be a potential solution.
- To replace an old, broken or failing tooth filling
- To protect a weakened tooth that is decayed or fractures by holding it together and preventing it from breaking further
- To restore a broken tooth
- To restore a worn-down tooth
- To strengthen a tooth that has little natural tooth structure left
- To make cosmetic modifications to straighten or reshape teeth, or to close spaces between teeth
- To fill in gaps from missing teeth
- To place on top of an implant
- To restore any tooth that has undergone root canal therapy
Crowns and bridges not only restore the aesthetic of your teeth, but they also provide more durability and strength to protect your teeth from further wear and breakdown.
Zirconia Crowns and Bridges
Zirconia is becoming one of the most popular material choices for dental crowns and bridges because of its strength. Zirconia is a type of crystal that is virtually indestructible and incredibly durable, which is what allows them to withstand biting and chewing forces for such a long time.
Because zirconia crowns are milled from a chunk of crystal, they are guaranteed to be at least five times stronger than porcelain crowns and provide a far more natural-looking appearance. Our preferred laboratory, located in Penrith, NSW, use two particular kinds of zirconia, allowing for more tailored solutions to both your anterior and posterior teeth.
We Look Forward to Restoring Your Smile
Whatever the reason for missing or damaged teeth, our dentists at Katoomba Dental Centre can restore your teeth to full functionality. Custom-made dental restorations such as crowns and bridges can give you back your reason to smile. We invite you to book an appointment today.