Trusted, truly cosmetic and durable solutions to rebuild teeth with crowns and bridges

Both crowns and most bridges are fixed (non-removable) replacements for natural teeth. Unlike dentures, these crowns and bridges are secured to the existing teeth or an artificial tooth root as part of an implant procedure. They can only be removed by dental professionals like our team in West London.

While crowns can be used to treat several conditions, from decay or trauma to large cosmetic cases, bridges are primarily used to fill in spaces left by teeth that were extracted due to disease or trauma. In the case of a bridge, a crown is a vital part of this process and approach to replacing missing teeth.

Candidates for crowns

Also known as a “cap,” this restoration made from porcelain, ceramic, gold or metals may be used to improve the appearance of a tooth that is stubbornly discoloured, jagged, or otherwise misshapen. Dr Hannan Imran prioritises those materials that are both highly cosmetic and strong. Notably, IPS e.max® is considered a cost-effective alternative to zirconia-based restorations. It provides excellent aesthetics, high strength, minimal preparation, and is “kind” to neighbouring teeth.

Crowns made from our high-quality materials can also be used to cover a weakened or fractured tooth or one with a large filling. Following root canal treatment, this custom-made tooth structure is bonded over the healthy, remaining natural tissue. It’s also the last part of the implant process. The implant functions as an artificial tooth root. Once positioned and secured in the jawbone, the implant is attached to the crown to restore the portion of the tooth that is visible above the gum line. Lastly, two crowns are needed to complete a standard dental bridge.

Candidates for bridges

Traditional bridges are recommended to replace one or a few teeth. It’s important to fill these gaps in your smile, as the remaining teeth tend to shift toward empty spaces. This can furthermore promote bite imbalances. Bone loss also arises as the supportive tissue in the jaw doesn’t get the stimulation it needs from attached teeth and functions such as grinding down food. This process has a devastating effect on the function, appearance, and shape of our faces. 

As an architectural bridge spans two points, the dental bridge spans the space between two teeth. The teeth adjacent to the missing space anchor the replacement tooth (“pontic”). Before the pontic is placed, the anchor “abutment” teeth must be reduced to accommodate the thickness of the crowns. These crowns support the pontic that will fill in the gap. Information about these teeth is also collected and used to guide the fabrication of the permanent bridge. The pontic and crowns are later secured to the abutments as a single unit. Once secured, the pontic replaces the missing tooth, making the gap disappear! Your smile is now complete.

A healthy partnership

Crowns, bridges, and other restorations expertly designed and placed by our talented team in West London can last a lifetime with proper care. You’ll want to keep your teeth and gums healthy by brushing and flossing to ensure food debris, bacteria, and plaque do not build up under or around the crown and bridge. Our dentists also work with you to resolve any bad habits, such as grinding the teeth, that can threaten the lifespan of crowns, bridges, and other dental work. Schedule your assessment at one of our dental studios today. Call 020 8129 6868 to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members.