Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are among the most common restorative dental treatments. Bridges are used to replace one or a few missing teeth, while crowns are used to restore worn, weakened and damaged teeth. At Access Smile, we offer metal-free crowns and bridges, which look highly natural and do not have the dark shadows that can be seen when light is shone on crowns containing metal.
Crowns are artificial restorations that are fitted over teeth that are very worn, are broken or are weakened by a large filling or root canal treatment. They are also sometimes used on healthy teeth to support a bridge. Crowns made of tooth-coloured zirconia are not just extremely natural looking, they are also very strong, meaning that they are suitable for both front and back teeth. We also offer pressed ceramic crowns, which are excellent for the front teeth, being transparent thus highly natural.
Whatever type of crown you opt for, at your first appointment your dentist will prepare your tooth for the crown and will take impressions to send to the laboratory. Your crown will be closely matched to the natural colour of your teeth. You may be fitted with a temporary crown at this appointment, before your permanent crown is carefully checked and fitted at your second appointment.
Bridges are used to replace one or a couple of adjacent missing teeth. They comprise crowns or wings attached to surrounding teeth, with a false tooth or teeth in between. Because they act as a support to the false teeth, the surrounding teeth need to be strong and in good condition.
A bridge improves the appearance of your smile and also helps your dental health, because food particles and bacteria can get trapped in gaps left by missing teeth, leading to gum disease or tooth decay.
Our expert technicians will make your bridge to closely match the natural colour of your teeth. At your first appointment, your teeth will be prepared and measured for your bridge, with impressions taken. When your bridge is ready you'll have your second appointment, during which your bridge will be fitted.