A dental crown is a tooth shaped restoration which is designed to completely cap or encapsulate a tooth. Dental crowns are often required to protect and restore a tooth, giving it strength and improving its appearance.
The procedure for a dental crown involves removing the outer surface of the tooth, leaving a strong inner core. The amount of tooth removed will be the same as the thickness of the dental crown. Once the tooth is shaped the dentist will take an impression of the tooth. This impression, along with other relevant information, will be given to a dental technician who will construct the crown. After approximately 2 weeks, a second appointment is required to try in the crown and providing the crown fits accurately, will be secured onto the tooth using dental cement.
Dental bridges are designed to replace single or multiple missing teeth. A bridge consists of a false tooth sandwiched in between and joined to, dental crowns placed over the teeth either side of the gap, anchoring the false tooth in place.
Providing you are happy to go ahead with a bridge, the dentist will need to prepare the tooth – this will involve removing a shaving usually between 1-2mm thick from the outer surface of the tooth and to the biting surface to make space for a bridge. Once the preparation is made, your dentist will take impressions and a colour/shade match and send this information to a laboratory. At the laboratory a dental technician will construct the bridge so that it will appear cosmetic, natural and blend well with the rest of your smile.
Approximately 2 weeks later, you will return to the practice and the bridge will be tried in. Providing the dentist has confirmed that the bridge fits accurately on your tooth/teeth and that you are happy with the appearance of the bridge, the bridge will be cemented onto the tooth/teeth.
Whenever possible, please contact us about dental emergencies during normal surgery hours, please get in touch as early in the day as possible.
In the case of extreme emergencies outside of normal surgery hours, please see the telephone information below:
Private Patients may receive urgent advice by phoning our emergency services number on
07503 197 031
Denplan Essentials Patients
For Our Denplan Essential Patients, you can receive emergency advice by calling the Denplan Helpline on 0800 844 999
Or alternatively by phoning the emergency services number on
07503 197 031