Cover discoloured teeth or gaps with our realistic dental crowns in Swansea
Dental crowns are a common and popular solution for dental restorations. Crowns cover teeth that are discoloured or damaged beyond repair — for example, a decayed tooth that can’t be mended with a filling would be better suited to a dental crown.
Crowns can be applied to avoid discomfort and infection, especially after complex treatment like root canal therapy. They provide protection for vulnerable teeth and add structural support to minimise the risk of further tooth decay.
Beyond the functional benefits of crowns, crowns can also improve your facial features and the aesthetic of your smile. Many patients choose crowns to improve their appearance and regain their confidence. With this in mind, Swansea Dental Practice offers realistic dental crowns in Swansea.
Based on the health and appearance of your smile, our dentists will provide recommendations and advice around dental crowns versus bridges, ensuring you achieve the healthy smile you’ve always wanted.
Contact our reception team on (02) 4971 1432 to book a consultation today.
What’s the difference between crowns and dental bridges?
Crowns and dental bridges are very similar procedures.
A crown is a cap over the tooth to protect and restore its structure and appearance. The artificial cap fills in the gap that tooth decay has caused. During your appointment, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and match the colour to your natural smile to ensure the crown blends in seamlessly.
Crowns are constructed from a metal alloy that is covered with porcelain or they can be made from 100% ceramic materials based on your needs. All-ceramic crowns are metal-free and offer the best cosmetic results due to the way they are able to transmit light through the crown without the obstruction of metal.
Bridges, on the other hand, form a toothy “bridge” over the gap made by one or more missing teeth. It’s crucial to replace missing teeth for the health of your other teeth and jaw to prevent further decay.
The bridge is supported by crowns on the adjacent teeth which are then attached to the replacement tooth to form a strong and stable restoration. Your bridge can be constructed from the same materials as crowns and a complete arch of teeth can be made metal-free using the latest zirconia frameworks, covered with natural-looking porcelains.
For more information about bridges and dental crowns in Swansea, get in touch via (02) 4971 1432 today.
Who is best suited for crowns and/or bridges?
Crowns and bridges are a great option for patients who have sustained damage or trauma to their teeth. Your dentist will recommend crowns or bridges if you have the following issues:
- You have yellow or discoloured teeth
- You have loose, cracked, chipped or missing teeth
- You grind your teeth
- You are unable to chew food comfortably
- Your bite is not aligned properly
- You have undergone root canal therapy
- You have lost teeth due to periodontal disease or traumatic injury.
Our dentists can treat all of these problems and more using realistic dental crowns in Swansea. Discover the possibilities for your smile — contact us for an appointment today.
What is the procedure for getting a new crown or bridge?
If you choose porcelain crowns or veneers, the procedure will usually require two appointments at Swansea Dental Practice.
Your dentist will need to prepare the teeth for a new crown or bridge by carefully shaping them before taking an impression of your entire mouth. This is sent to our dental laboratory where your crown or bridge will be fabricated to our exact prescription.
A temporary crown or bridge will be made and placed at your initial appointment so the prepared teeth look normal while the laboratory fabricates the final crown or bridge. Once your new crown or bridge is ready, you can return to our practice to have your new restoration fitted and adjusted.
The final step is to cement it into position so you can eat and chew as normal.
However, if you choose crowns made from ceramic materials, we can make the crowns in the practice in just two hours! No second appointment is needed — we’ll make the crowns right here and cement them to your teeth on the day.
Does it hurt to get bridges or crowns?
No. We will numb your mouth using a local anesthetic to ensure you do not feel any discomfort when your tooth is trimmed to make room for your new crowns. We even offer sedation dentistry if you’re feeling nervous about the procedure.
After the procedure, you may experience some mild pain and sensitivity. Painkillers like paracetamol will help manage this discomfort. If the pain or sensitivity persists for more than a few days, be sure to contact your dentist for recommendations, advice or a follow-up consultation. We’d be happy to take another look at your crowns or bridges.
The good news is that you won’t necessarily need any “downtime” after your crowns or bridges are placed. The procedure is non-surgical, so you can get back to your day-to-day routine without having to worry about taking time off work or adjusting your schedule.
Do crowns and bridges require special care?
Not necessarily, no. You should treat your crowns and/or bridges like your normal teeth and follow your usual cleaning routine.
However, it is important to note that the underlying tooth is not protected from decay and gum disease. This is why keeping up with your usual cleaning routine is very important. The crown is simply a cap on the existing tooth, restoring its structure and appearance. While we can treat the underlying tooth and place a crown over the top, you still need to take care of your teeth as normal.
Why should I get bridges or dental crowns at Swansea Dental Practice?
Using poor-quality products from overseas costs both the patient and our practice more in the long run. We want to provide the best service possible, restoring your smile and ensuring the structural integrity of your teeth at an affordable price.
With this in mind, we make all of our crowns here on-site using a Cerec machine. We can create crowns within two hours on the day — you can leave the practice and have lunch or a coffee, then return to us to have your crowns cemented on. This means no temporary crown is needed unless you have requested porcelain veneers or crowns (these are sent to our local lab and has a two-week turnaround).
Our dentists have extensive experience with both crowns and bridges. Swansea Dental Practice was established in 1997 by Dr Scott Speirs, soon to be joined by Dr Arjun Jeganathan. Both dentists have decades of experience restoring damaged teeth to healthy smiles, offering preventive and holistic care.
To book an appointment with one of our dedicated dentists, contact us today!
Other FAQs about our bridges or dental crowns in Swansea
Crowns are called “crowns” because they fit over the top of your remaining/damaged tooth. Sometimes they are also known as “dental caps”. Think of it like a traditional “crown” or hat — you’re wearing it over the top of your natural tooth.
Likewise, bridges are called “bridges” because they bridge the gap between your natural teeth where a tooth or teeth are missing.
There are many different reasons why your dentist may recommend crowns or bridges. For example:
- To strengthen a weak, cracked or missing tooth
- To replace a tooth after root canal therapy
- To attach an implant
- For cosmetic purposes
- To replace a filling that is too large for the remaining tooth.
It depends on what material you choose for your crowns. The thickness tends to range from 0.5 to two millimetres on the sides and 1.5 millimetres on the chewing surface to make eating more comfortable.
When comparing materials, keep in mind that metal crowns are thinner than porcelain. Your dentist can provide recommendations and advice around materials.
Unfortunately no. Porcelain, ceramics and metal alloys do not respond to whitening treatments. If you whiten your natural teeth with a crown or bridge, the capped tooth/gap will remain the same colour.
If you’re looking for a total smile makeover, consider having your teeth whitened before the crown or bridge is placed. This will ensure you have a consistent white smile.
We offer in-chair teeth whitening services as well as take-home kits. However, if your crowns or bridges are urgent, we recommend having the in-chair treatment to streamline the process.
We understand that the concept of crowns or bridges might seem uncomfortable. If you do not want bridges or crowns, we might recommend dental bonding to repair chipped or cracked teeth, or porcelain veneers to help you achieve a bright, healthy smile.
Have a chat with your dentist about alternative treatment options for bridges and crowns. We can help find the perfect solution to restore the structural integrity and aesthetic of your teeth.
Yes to a degree. You can correct misaligned teeth if you have dental crowns but traditional braces might not do the trick if your crowns or bridges are made from metal alloy or porcelain.
Rather than braces, we might recommend Invisalign to help move your teeth into the correct position. Similarly to the crown and bridge process, we will take an impression of your teeth and send it off to the lab to have your clear aligners made.
As your teeth gradually move into place, we will create new aligners to continue the treatment process.
It is important to note that if you need a crown or bridge replaced, you will have to wait until the Invisalign treatment is over. We will need to take new impressions to ensure your new crown or bridge fits into your newly straightened smile.
Crowns and bridges aren’t natural teeth, so unfortunately they won’t last forever. If you care for them well, however, they can last quite a long time! Statistics show that 90% of crowns will remain intact for more than five years before any further treatment is required.
50 to 80% of crowns will last between 15 and 20 years.
It is important to avoid sticky or chewy foods after getting a crown or bridge. These foods can grab and pull at the crowns — it can be uncomfortable, painful or could even pull out the crown. Think toffees, hard candies, chewing gum and anything extra sugary.
If possible, shift the bulk of your chewing to the opposite side of your mouth. This will reduce the risk of pulled crowns.
We also recommend being careful with hard foods that can dislodge or break the crown. In this case, you might choose to avoid hard chocolate, ice and raw vegetables.
Yes! Your temporary crowns are only made to last until your permanent crowns and/or bridges come in. We will provide instructions at your initial appointment but for the most part, you should follow these rules:
- Avoid chewy and sticky foods like chewing gum and toffee. These foods can grab and pull off your crown.
- Avoid hard foods like raw vegetables as these can dislodge or break the temporary crown.
- Avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the temporary crown has been fixed. If possible, use the other side of your mouth to chew food.
If you don’t look after your crown and/or bridge, yes.
After the procedure, you may experience some pain and sensitivity as the anaesthesia wears off. If the tooth still has a nerve, you may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold foods and beverages.
If you experience pain or sensitivity when you bite down on something, it could mean the crown has been applied too high on the tooth. If this is an ongoing problem, contact your dentist for a check-up.
If the crown seems loose, it might mean there’s a lack of cement under the crown or the cement has been washed away by your saliva. We recommend contacting your dentist if the crown or bridge seems loose.
You can also chip a crown or bridge, especially if it’s made of porcelain.
Your crowns are attached to your natural teeth using dental cement. This paste is strong and durable but unfortunately, it doesn’t last forever. Even if you take excellent care of your teeth, the dental cement will deteriorate over time which can cause your crown to become loose and potentially fall out.
With this in mind, it’s important to have regular check-ups with your dentist and discuss if and when your crowns or bridges need to be replaced. If you suspect your crowns are loose, book a consultation with your dentist as soon as possible.
Please note: if your crown has fallen out, it is considered a dental emergency. We offer emergency dental services at Swansea Dental Practice so we can install a temporary crown as soon as possible.
Ultimately, it’s up to you and your dental health. For example, if the cavity in your tooth takes up more than two-thirds of your natural enamel, a crown can be used to cover and seal the damaged tooth from further bacteria and decay. If the tooth is putting other healthy teeth at risk of damage, we will perform an extraction instead.
We will provide treatment options for you to choose from, along with recommendations based on our years of experience. However, whether or not you get crowns comes down to your personal preference — if you prefer to have the tooth or teeth extracted, we can do so.
If the teeth are too damaged, we will have to extract them to prevent further damage.
To detect any cavities or decay underneath your crowns, your dentist will usually use an x-ray, especially if the affected area is quite small. If any decay is detected, your dentist will need to remove the old crown, remove the decay and place a new crown.
The easiest way to avoid this kind of damage is to pay special attention to the edges of the crown where it attaches to the tooth while brushing. This will remove any bacteria around the tooth and prevent decay.
This is a very common question — and it’s a trick of the eye! Dental crowns are fixed to a metal post whether they are porcelain-fused-to-metal or composite crowns. In natural light, your crowns can have a grey tint because the outer material does not obscure the dark metal underneath.
If you notice a blackish line around the crown close to the gum, it could mean that the tooth underneath has started to decay. Although crowns protect the natural tooth structure, decay is still possible at the margin (i.e. edge).
If you have any concerns about the colour of your crowns or you’ve noticed a dark line start to appear close to the gum, contact the team from Swansea Dental Practice for a check-up. Our dentists will take in-depth x-rays of the tooth in question to determine if any decay is present.
Crowns are often associated with root canal therapy. In this procedure, the infected pulp of the tooth and living tissue is removed from the tooth. The remaining tooth structure can become brittle after the procedure, which is why your dentist might recommend a dental crown to protect the tooth from breaking.
A dental crown will ensure you can chew with normal force without any further risks.
If your dentist has recommended crowns, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need root canal therapy! Your tooth or teeth might just need trimming down and a cap or “crown” to restore the health and structure of the tooth. Root canal therapy is more so directed at teeth with infected pulp.
Contact our friendly and professional team to book a consultation today!
Ready to transform your smile? Get in touch with our team on (02) 4971 1432 to book a consultation today. Our dentists can review your dental health and determine the best possible treatment to restore your smile.
We’ll provide expert recommendations and advice to achieve your dental health goals. From porcelain crowns to a strong metal alloy, we can fill in any cracks and/or gaps, enhance your smile and boost your confidence right back up.
Call our friendly reception team to book your initial consultation today.