Often patients are hesitant to crown or bridge teeth, however Dr Mazaheri will ensure the experience is as painless and smooth as possible. We work with a lab to customise crowns especially for you. Two processes is easy and our team is there to assist you every step of the way.
Although the outside of each tooth is made of strong and hard enamel, teeth an be chipped, broken or weakened due to
- Tooth decay
- Large fillings
- root canal treatment
- age-related wear and tear
An artificial crown is often the best way to save a tooth and strengthen it. the crown fits over the prepared existing tooth and replaces the natural crown.
A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. It consists of an artificial tooth anchored to the adjacent natural teeth. If a tooth is lost through an accident, or is too badly decayed to save with a crown, a bridge may be the treatment of choice. Ask our dentist about dental implants, which is another way of replacing missing teeth.
Taking Impressions of Teeth
On your first visit, the dentist takes an impression of your upper and lower teeth to make a permanent record of their appearance and how they fit together when your jaws are closed or occluded. To make an accurate reproduction of your upper and lower teeth, a jaw-shaped tray is filled with a soft, gel-like material, pushed onto your teeth and held in place to set for three to five minutes.
Preparation for a Crown
After the area is numbered with a local anaesthetic, the tooth is shaped using a drill, making it smaller by one to two millimetres. After shaping, another impression is taken to record changed to the prepared tooth. The impressions are sent to our dental technician, who makes the crown according to the specification we provide. To protect the prepared tooth, a temporary crown is attached to the reshaped tooth with temporary cement. As a temporary crown is not as strong as the final crown, you should chew on the opposite side of your mouth and avoid sticky or hard foods. At the second appointment, the temporary crown is removed. The new crown is placed over the reshaped tooth to check that shape and colour match. If they do, the crown is cemented to the tooth with dental cement. Dental cement usually sets in less than on hour and reaches full strength in 24 hours. After fitting, the crown should feel comfortable and natural in your mouth. When testing you occlusion, your dentist relies partly on what you say about the eel of you bite, so mention any uncomfortable or strange sensations. Minor adjustments are often needed to achieve comfort.
To book in for a consultation for potential crown or bridge, give us a call on (02) 62585830.