Willowbrook Dental Practice
339 Humberstone Road
Leicester, LE5 3DF

Crowns & Bridgework

White Crowns (Porcelain Crown)

A crown (sometimes called a cap) can be needed when a tooth has a large filling in it which might reduce its strength, when a tooth is heavily broken down or when the shape of a tooth has to be changed and other options may not be enough to achieve the desired result. To crown a tooth, some degree of tooth tissue is required to be removed to fit the crown over the top. We then take a mould of the tooth and rest of your mouth to be sent to a dental laboratory for manufacture of the crown. A temporary crown is fitted for the interim period. White crowns usually involve a layer of metal covered by a layer of tooth coloured porcelain matched as closely as possible to the shade of your teeth. Recently however, white crowns have become available made from a ceramic core that require no metal at all. The aesthetic result of these crowns are significantly improved over traditional metal-porcelain crowns. We offer a variety of white crowns on an NHS and private basis where clinically appropriate.

Metal Crowns

A metal crown (sometimes called a cap) can be needed when a tooth has a large filling in it which might reduce its strength or when a tooth is heavily broken down. To crown a tooth, some degree of tooth tissue is required to be cut away to fit the crown over the top. We then take a mould of the tooth and rest of your mouth to be sent to a dental laboratory for manufacture of the crown. A temporary crown is fitted for the interim period. The grey metal crowns used in dentistry today are a strong blend of cobalt-chrome alloy. We do also offer gold crowns for both front and back teeth on a private basis if requested. We offer a variety of metal crowns on an NHS and private basis where clinically appropriate.

Bridges

Missing a single tooth you would like filling in? One fixed option available is a conventional bridge. This involves clearing space on a tooth next to the gap to place a crown on to which a false tooth is attached. To crown a tooth, some degree of tooth tissue is required to be cut away to fit the crown over the top. We then take a mould of the tooth and rest of your mouth to be sent to a dental laboratory for manufacture of the bridge. A temporary crown is fitted for the interim period. White bridges usually involve a layer of metal covered by a layer of tooth coloured porcelain matched as closely as possible to the shade of your teeth. Recently however, white bridges have become available made from a ceramic core that require no metal at all. The aesthetic result of these bridges are significantly improved over traditional metal-porcelain options. We offer a variety of bridges both on an NHS and private basis where clinically appropriate.

An alternative type of bridge to the one above is called a Resin Retained Bridge (or “Sticky Bridge”) which is excellent for replacing a single missing tooth. This involves clearing a small amount of space on a tooth next to the gap to create space for a metal wing on to which a false tooth is attached (similar to standing next to someone and putting your arm round their shoulders to hold on). We then take a mould of the tooth and rest of your mouth to be sent to a dental laboratory for manufacture of the bridge. Usually little or no temporary measure is required. This is a relatively conservative option compared to other bridges and is especially useful if the teeth next to the gap are healthy and unfilled. Sticky bridges are better suited to replacing front teeth and are assessed on a case by case basis. Our practice in Leicester offers a variety of sticky bridges both on an NHS and private basis where clinically appropriate.

Bridges Fixed To Multiple Teeth

When multiple teeth or large teeth are missing, one fixed option for replacement may be to use the teeth either side of the gap to hold a false tooth/teeth in place.  This involves clearing space on the teeth next to the gap to place crowns on to which false teeth (pontic) are attached. To crown a tooth, some degree of tooth tissue is required to be cut away to fit the crown over the top. We then take a mould of the teeth and rest of your mouth to be sent to a dental laboratory for manufacture of the bridge. Temporary crowns are fitted for the interim period. This options requires relatively more removal of tooth tissue than the sticky bridges (see above for description) and is better suited to teeth that already have fillings (or other work) in/on them. White bridges usually involve a layer of metal covered by a layer of tooth coloured porcelain matched as closely as possible to the shade of your teeth. Recently however, white bridges have become available made from a ceramic core that require no metal at all. The aesthetic result of these bridges are significantly improved over traditional metal-porcelain options. We offer a variety of bridges both on an NHS and private basis where clinically appropriate.

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