Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and Bridges from Dream Smiles Sunnybank can help restore your smile

What are dental crowns and bridges?

A dental crown is a restoration made from either porcelain or porcelain on metal. This dental treatment is used to protect a damaged or weakened tooth. Most commonly it is used for a tooth after root canal therapy or a large filling.

Dental bridges are used to replace one to three missing teeth. It comprises of fake teeth attached to dental crowns. The dental crowns are then attached to the teeth on either side of the tooth.

How is a dental crown done?

The process for a dental crown takes 3 appointments.

1.    Initial consultation

The first appointment is your initial consultation. If you’ve had root canal therapy or a filling your Dream Smiles dentist may recommend a dental crown after treatment. If a dental crown is the best option for you, we’ll book in your next appointment to commence dental crown treatment.

2.    Preparing your teeth for treatment

At your next appointment impressions are taken of your teeth. These impressions are sent to the lab where your dental crown will be fabricated. In the meantime, your tooth will be prepared for the dental crown and a temporary crown placed. It can take between 7 to 10 days for the restoration to come back from the lab.

3.    Placement of crown

The third, and final, appointment is where the temporary crown is removed and replaced with the more permanent restoration. Before the crown is bonded to your tooth, your Dream Smiles dentist will ensure it fits properly by testing your bite. If everything feels right, the dental crown will be bonded to your tooth.

Can dental crowns be whitened?

At your second appointment, your dentist will colour-match the dental crown to suit your natural tooth colour. If you’re unhappy with the colour of teeth prior to treatment, it’s important you let your dentist know. We may recommend teeth whitening to get your teeth to your desired colour. We can then match your crown to your whiter smile. The reason for this is that bleaching agents won’t affect a dental restoration like a crown, bridge or veneer.

How long does a dental crown last?

On average a dental crown can last between 10 to 15 years. Factors which affect the lifespan of a dental crown include: the type of material used, which tooth is covered with a crown, and how well you look after your oral health. Some patients have reported having dental crowns for as long as 20 years.

How is a dental bridge done?

The process for a dental bridge takes 3 appointments.

1.    Initial consultation

Your initial consultation is the first appointment. At this appointment we will discuss with your tooth replacement options. With dental bridges there are two options. Traditionally placed dental bridge or an implant-supported bridge.

A traditionally placed bridge is a minimally invasive treatment that takes two to three weeks to complete. Implant-supported bridge can take between 4 and 6 months because time is needed to give your jawbone time to fuse with the implant.

2.    Preparing your teeth for treatment

If you choose to have a traditional dental bridge, preparing your teeth for treatment involves:

  • taking a mould of your teeth
  • preparing the teeth on either side of the gap for dental crowns

Temporary crowns will be placed on the prepared teeth between your second and third appointment.

3.    Placement of bridge

It can take between 7 to 10 business days for the lab to send us the final dental bridge. At your third appointment, the temporary crowns are removed and the dental bridge is placed. Once you and your dentist are happy that the bridge fits properly, it will be bonded into place.

How long do dental bridges last?

A dental bridge can last up to 15 years. The better you take care of your oral health, the longer the bridge can last. However, general wear and tear means you will need to replace a bridge every 15 years or so.

Crowns and Bridges from Dream Smiles Sunnybank

If you are looking for effective dental restorations, Dream Smiles offer a range of restorative dental treatments to help you. To find out more about crowns and bridges, or to request an appointment, contact us today.

Additional FAQs

A dental crown may be recommended for individuals who have:
● Tooth decay that cannot be restored with a filling.
● Cracked, fractured, or weakened teeth due to trauma.
● Undergone root canal treatment.
● Large fillings that compromise tooth strength.
● Misshapen or severely discoloured teeth.
● The need for dental bridge attachment.
It is important to note that only a dental professional can determine whether a dental crown is
appropriate for your specific dental condition. They will examine your teeth, take X-rays, and
discuss your symptoms and treatment options to determine the best course of action.

The typical lifespan of a dental crown or bridge is around 5 to 15 years. However, it’s important
to note that this can vary depending on various factors. The longevity of a crown or bridge
depends on factors such as oral hygiene habits, biting forces, the materials used, and overall
oral health.
Some individuals may experience shorter lifespans for their dental crowns or bridges, while
others may have them last longer. Regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices,
including brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist, can help extend the lifespan of your dental
It’s essential to remember that dental crowns or bridges are not permanent solutions, and they
may require replacement or repair over time. If you notice any issues such as loosening,
discomfort, or damage to your crown or bridge, it’s important to consult with your dentist for
evaluation and appropriate treatment.

Yes, in general, a crowned tooth can be used similarly to a natural tooth for eating a wide range
of foods. Dental crowns are designed to withstand the forces of biting and chewing. However,
there are a few factors to consider:
Strength of the crown: Dental crowns are made from different materials, such as porcelain,
porcelain fused to metal, or metal alloys. While these materials are strong, some types of
crowns may be more prone to fracture than others. It’s important to discuss with your dentist the
recommended materials for your specific needs.
Avoid excessive force: While dental crowns are durable, it is advisable to avoid biting on hard
objects or using your teeth as tools. Excessive force can potentially damage the crown or cause
it to become loose.
Consider underlying tooth health: The condition of the tooth underneath the crown also plays
a role. If the underlying tooth is weak or compromised, it may affect the overall strength and
longevity of the crown.
Maintenance and oral hygiene: Proper oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing,
flossing, and dental check-ups, are important for the long-term health and durability of both the
crown and the underlying tooth.
While a crowned tooth can handle most foods, it’s still wise to exercise caution with extremely
hard or sticky foods that may put extra stress on the crown. Your dentist can provide specific
guidance based on your individual case and recommend any necessary precautions.