We are OPEN at our Spring Hill Dentist with no treatment restrictions and look forward to seeing you in our covid-safe workplace. We will ask some screening questions to check you are well but ask that you let us know if you have any cold or flu like symptoms, or have been in contact with any or potentially any covid positive persons in the last 14 days.
Our Spring Hill Dentist follows the Australian Dental Association Covid-Safe plan and the Queensland Health Covid guidelines in healthcare settings. At our Spring Hill Dental Practice we have your health and well being at the center of everything we do.
Our opening hours are:
Monday 9am to 4pm
Tuesday 9am to 7pm
Wednesday 8am to 5pm
Thursday 8am to 4pm
Friday 8am to 3pm
Crowns and bridges are prosthetic replacements for natural teeth or a missing tooth, or teeth. They are fixed and cannot be removed from the mouth. It lasts for 10 plus years and behaves in a similar way to the natural teeth.
Crowns can be placed on a natural damaged tooth, over an existing tooth to support a bridge, or on an implant that replaces a natural tooth.
A bridge has two or more crowns joined together, again either on natural damaged teeth or on implants. Bridges are designed as units of two or more teeth. The supporting teeth are called the abutments and the missing teeth that are replaced are called the pontic.
Traditional: A false crown is attached and suspended between supporting natural teeth using crowns placed on these natural teeth.
Cantilever: When the false crown is held by only one natural tooth using a crown placed on this natural tooth.
Maryland: When the false crown is held by one natural tooth by a framework that only bonds to the back of the natural support tooth. This framework could be either metal or ceramic.
Implant supported bridges: Used when the false crown is supported off implants when there are minimal or no natural teeth available.
Various materials such as gold, porcelain, alloys and acrylics are used to fabricate crowns and bridges. Which material is best for your mouth and your situation can vary. This decision is made after consultation with your dentist and the dental laboratory. It also considers your cosmetic preferences such as white or gold and the amount of strength required due to the functional load placed on the crown when you chew or bite .
Zirconia: This is strong and natural looking and ideal for heavy load areas.
Lithium Disilicate: This is the most aesthetic of materials making it ideal for anterior cosmetic areas but should only be used cautiously in heavy load bearing areas.
Gold: This is the most problem free material due to strength, and longevity. It will not fracture or chip as there is no porcelain which makes it ideal for heavy grinders.
Porcelain fused to Metal: This is the traditional crown that has largely been replaced by other materials. It is made from gold/metal alloy with porcelain fused to the crown. Sometimes the metal under layer can create a dark line around the base of the crown which causes a poor cosmetic end result. The porcelain may also chip from the metal. However, it does still have its place in dentistry and has an evidence based history of success.
Stainless steel: These crowns are used in children to protect badly decayed baby teeth and adult teeth during development and growth of the child. If placed on adult teeth they will require removal and a replacement with an adult alternative once the child is over 25 years.
As with all dental work, crowns and bridges require good oral hygiene with regular brushing and flossing. Regular dental checks are also required to ensure no decay forms around and under the crown. If well cared for, crowns and bridges will offer many years of comfortable service.