Bridges & Crowns in Sidcup

These custom-made restorative dental appliances bring back the full function of your teeth with a natural-looking result.

Two Dental Treatment Options for Similar Issues

After diagnosing a dental issue, our dentists outline all of your viable treatment options. Dental bridges and dental crowns are usually brought up in the same conversation because they treat similar dental issues. If you have chipped, cracked, decaying, or missing teeth, we may recommend one — or both — of these treatments.

Dental Treatment Options

The main difference between bridges and crowns is the way they function. A bridge fills the space (or spaces) caused by missing teeth, and a crown covers an existing tooth.

The role of a dental bridge or crown is to restore the appearance of your smile, bring full functionality back to your teeth, and improve your dental hygiene. Restorations such as these can allow better enunciation, restore your ability to chew food properly, and prevent surrounding teeth from moving into any vacant spaces.

Our dentists place these appliances with great precision, ensuring an exceptional fit, feel, and appearance for you.

Advantages of Dental Bridges and Crowns

Ultimate protection.

We use the finest materials to ensure your teeth are fully protected and functional.

Long-lasting.

Crowns and bridges at Dental Elegance are strong and made to last for many years with proper home care.

Superior aesthetics.

Our experienced dental technicians give you beautiful, natural-looking crowns and bridges.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is used to fill the space caused by one or more missing teeth. A typical bridge consists of a natural-looking false tooth (or teeth), attached to one or two adjacent teeth with dental crowns. The dental bridge comes as one single appliance that we bond into your mouth. Unlike dentures, a dental bridge cannot be removed.

We recommend dental bridges as a solution to replace missing teeth for a few reasons:

Dental bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth, and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.

Four Types of Dental Bridges

  1. Traditional fixed bridge: A false tooth is held between dental crowns on both ends. The crowns are cemented in place to the natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
  2. Maryland dental bridge (resin-bonded bridge): Instead of attaching the bridge with crowns, this bridge bonds to the back of your teeth on either side of the gap using porcelain or metal frameworks. Dentists typically use this bridge for missing teeth located in the front of the mouth.
  3. Implant-supported bridge: Similar to traditional fixed bridges, this bridge is secured in place with titanium dental implants instead of the neighbouring teeth.
  4. Cantilever bridge: Just like a traditional fixed bridge, this type of bridge is attached using a dental crown. The key difference is that a cantilever bridge is anchored on a single crown, instead of one crown on each side.

Come and visit us for a consultation to find out which type of bridge would suit your needs best.

Dental Bridge Materials

At Dental Elegance, our aim is to provide you with a natural-looking dental bridge. Our dentists can provide you with a bridge made from one of the following:

Dental Bridge Materials

Bespoke Dental Bridges at our Sidcup Dental Practice

Before After

Our dentists have tremendous expertise placing bridges for our patients. At your first appointment, the dentist will examine your mouth, take X-rays, and prepare your surrounding teeth. The abutment teeth on either side of the dental gap will be shaved down to make space for the dental crowns, which anchor the bridge in place.

Next, we take an impression of the dental arch, giving us the exact dimensions of the treatment area. These impressions help create your custom bridge using materials that are colour-matched to your smile. We may place a temporary bridge to protect your exposed teeth and gums until your permanent bridge is ready.

If a second appointment is required, we remove the temporary bridge and place the tailor-made bridge in your mouth. We check the fit and appearance before using a special dental adhesive to secure the bridge firmly in place.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown is a protective cap that fits over the entire exposed surface of an existing tooth. These covers are made to look just like your natural teeth.

We use these restorations to shield vulnerable teeth that have been weakened by cracks, chips, other damage, and decay. A crown can replace oversize or worn-out filling, serve as the false tooth for a dental implant, and more. Some patients also receive dental crowns for aesthetic purposes—changing the shape or appearance of an existing tooth. Whatever the situation, we have the experience and knowledge to produce superior results.

Dental Crown Materials

Dental Elegance uses the finest materials in creating custom crowns for cosmetic and restorative purposes. The type of material we use depends on your unique requirements. Before making a recommendation, we assess the tooth’s location, the position of your gum tissue, whether you grind your teeth, and how much of your tooth shows when you smile.

Crowns Are a Routine Treatment at Dental Elegance

Our detail-oriented dentists strive to give you the best fitting, best-looking crown possible. Before treatment commences, you can expect a thorough assessment, complete with X-rays, to give us information on your tooth above and below the gum line.

During your appointment, the dentist files down the tooth across the top and sides, creating space for the crown. We take an impression of the area, ensuring the tailor-made crown will fit the space just right, and not affect your bite.

Many permanent crowns can be made on the same day as your appointment using our CEREC machine to produce your bespoke restoration. Otherwise, we have the dental laboratory make your crown, and in the meantime, we place a temporary crown on the prepared tooth —in which case you will need to return for a second visit.

Once your permanent crown is ready, we place it in your mouth to see how it fits, how it looks, and find out how it feels to you. If the crown meets our high standards, we cement the crown in place.

Before After
Before After
Caring for Your Bridge or Crown

Caring for Your Bridge or Crown

Though we refer to your appliance as a permanent bridge or crown, they will need to be replaced eventually. These restorations should last a decade or longer with proper care.

Take care of your crown or bridge as you would your natural teeth. Brush twice a day and floss at least once every day. For bridges, you will need to use a floss threader to get under and around the artificial teeth in the middle of the bridge—our team will show you how to do this.

Finally, regular dental visits and professional cleanings at our Sidcup dentists allow us to check your crown or bridge, and ensure your oral health is in excellent shape.

Dental Elegance

How Can We Enhance Your Smile?

Our patients deserve the best. We uphold high standards, offering patients impeccable care with every treatment. If you are looking for a dentist in Sidcup, please contact us for further information on dental bridges and crowns, or request an appointment by calling 020 8850 8820.

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