Dental Crowns at Ambience Dental Practice in Swindon

A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth and is typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement. Crowns can be made from many materials, which are usually fabricated using indirect methods. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth.

The most common method of crowning a tooth involves taking an impression of a prepared tooth, the crown is then fabricated outside of the mouth. The crown can then be inserted at a subsequent dental appointment.

Using this indirect method of tooth restoration allows use of strong restorative materials requiring time consuming fabrication methods requiring intense heat, such as casting metal or firing porcelain which would not be possible to complete inside the mouth. This procedure is carried out by a qualified dental technician at a dental laboratory.

Crowns are strong and can last up to 10 years. They are a preferred option for root treated, heavily filled or badly broken down teeth. Under the NHS we provide a standard functional crown with standard aesthetic detail. Privately we can provide a range of different crowns in a range of materials including all porcelain and full gold crowns these crowns are manufactured to an extremely high standard using exceptional workmanship. For these crowns you will be able to attend the laboratory where state of the art equipment and techniques are used to obtain a near perfect colour match.

All options for crowns will be discussed at your consultation appointment before any preparation work is carried out.

Dental Bridges at Ambience Dental Practice in Swindon

Sometimes in dentistry teeth become too badly decayed or broken down, that the only option to obtain optimum dental health is to have an extraction (tooth removed), this in turn will leave a gap. Usually the best option to fill this gap would be a bridge. A bridge, can also be referred to a fixed partial denture and is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.

There are different types of bridges, depending on how they are fabricated and the way they anchor to the adjacent teeth. Conventionally, bridges are made using the indirect method of restoration however, bridges can be fabricated directly in the mouth using such materials as composite resin which are used a temporary after extraction whilst the mouth is healing.

The materials used for the bridges include gold, porcelain fused to metal, or in the correct situation porcelain alone. The amount and type of reduction done to the abutment teeth varies slightly with the different materials used. The recipient of such a bridge must be careful to clean well under this prosthesis.

When restoring an edentulous space with a ‘fixed partial denture’ the teeth adjacent to the space will be crowned and the gap will be bridged with a pontic, or “dummy tooth”, the restoration is referred to as a bridge and is fixed with dental cement.