A crown is a single-tooth restoration that caps your existing tooth. A bridge replaces one or more adjacent missing teeth with a prosthetic that literally bridges the gap, held in place at each end by a crown.
Traditional crowns and bridges have to be made in a dental lab. This will require you to sit for digital dental impressions so that an accurate restoration can be tailor-made to create the perfect combination of function and aesthetics. You will be involved in the process from start to finish and the lab will create a restoration that meets you and your dentist’s requirements in terms of shape and shade.
Before your custom restoration is made at the lab, your dentist will prepare your tooth by re-shaping it to correctly accommodate the restoration. Mess-free digital dental impressions will then be taken and sent to the lab where your restoration will be made. When it is ready, you’ll return to Greygables to have your crown or bridge cemented in place and cured under a special light.
With good oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups, your restoration could last as long as 15 years.
Dentures are the most cost-effective solution to missing teeth and will enable you to eat and speak with confidence.
Dentures are custom made in a dental lab, using your dental impressions to get the exact fit. A trial denture is usually made to check the fit before the final, permanent version is made.
A partial denture fills the gap left behind by one or more missing teeth, and clips to your existing teeth. It can be easily unclipped and removed for cleaning. A full or complete denture is used when all the upper or lower teeth are missing, and fits snugly over your gums. It must be removed daily for cleaning.
Dentures can feel strange to begin with but most patients grow accustomed to them very quickly. As well as getting used to wearing them, you’ll also need to start a strict routine for cleaning them every morning and night; neglected dentures can cause a number of dental problems, from bad breath and oral thrush to gum disease and tooth decay.
Clean them as you would your normal teeth – once in the morning and once at night. The routine requires you to brush them with toothpaste or soapy water, soak them with soluble denture-cleaning tablets to remove stains and bacteria, then brush again. If you’re taking your dentures out to sleep, keep them moist to stop them from drying out and changing shape. You’ll need to visit the dentist regularly to make sure your dentures are fitting and functioning correctly.