A porcelain fixed bridge is a more economical way to replace a missing tooth. It’s fixed in position, unlike dentures, so you won’t even notice it’s there after a while.
They’re called ‘bridges’ because we use two healthy teeth on either side of the gap to anchor the new tooth.
We do this using two crowns, with the new artificial tooth attached by wire.
If you’re considering a porcelain fixed bridge, be prepared for two visits: one for preparation and a mould; and the second to place the bridge in your mouth.
A porcelain fixed bridge may not last forever. However, proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will extend the life of your fixed bridge.
PORCELAIN DENTAL CROWNS & CAPS
When your tooth is damaged almost beyond repair, badly chipped, made up of mainly filling or your tooth is badly discoloured, then we’ll start you thinking about a dental crown (or cap).
A crown is like a barbecue cover; it slips over your tooth to hide what’s underneath. It will also give your tooth strength so you won’t be afraid to chew.
Porcelain crowns are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They’re durable and last up to 20 years (longer if you look after your gums and teeth well).
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments; the first for evaluation, to take a mould of your tooth and maybe fit a temporary crown, and the second to fit the crown to your tooth.
INLAYS & ONLAYS
We use inlays and onlays when we need to remove and replace an old filling that just isn’t doing the job any more. The inlay is like a filling. An onlay is a bit larger and goes over the cusps of your tooth.
Inlays are more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed in the preparation of inlays.
As with most dental restorations, inlays are not always permanent and may someday require replacement. However, they are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.
Your inlay or onlay is usually porcelain, composite or gold. They’re sometimes referred to as ‘partial caps’.
For exceptional care in cosmetic dentistry repairs, contact Paul Beath Dental today.
If you’d like to book an appointment with Paul Beath Dental, then contact us, or call us in Newcastle on (02) 4961 6300.