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Bupa Dental LogoWe are excited to announce that we will now be known as Bupa Dental Helensvale.

Our practice’s long standing commitment to providing high quality dental care aligns perfectly with Bupa’s philosophy of being a health and care partner for customers.

We have refurbished our practice to help improve our patient experience, with modern dental rooms and technology in a more comfortable environment.

If you have any questions about the changes or wish to book your next appointment, please visit our new website or contact our friendly team on (07) 5665 8144.

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Dental Crowns and Bridges

Restore the function and appearance of a broken smile with dental crowns and bridges.

At Monterey Keys Dental Surgery, we strive to enrich the oral health of our patients to help them retain their natural teeth for life. If you have lost or damaged a tooth through decay, disease or trauma, we can utilise crowns and bridges to restore the function and appearance of your smile. To book your appointment, please contact our Gold Coast team on (07) 5665 8144 today!

Crowns are used to restore a single tooth that has suffered extensive damage.

These are constructed from porcelain, which is an extremely strong restoration material that can be colour matched to the exact shade of your natural tooth. Each crown is custom designed and fabricated to your unique specifications, and is permanently bonded to your prepared tooth. Crowns act as a “cap” and cover your natural tooth structure. Crowns are particularly aesthetically pleasing as porcelain mimics the translucent qualities of your natural tooth enamel.

The benefits of crowns

Crowns can be used to restore teeth that are cracked, decayed or worn, and are typically used to re-enforce a tooth after root canal treatment. Crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are malformed, crooked or discoloured. With proper care, this type of restoration should last for over a decade.

With the advent of modern dental materials like porcelain, ceramic, and porcelain-fused metal (PFM) dental crowns, the dental crown may be colour-matched to the shade of your natural teeth. They are specifically designed to enhance the beauty of your smile while providing the most accurate and aesthetically pleasing results.

When cemented into position, these ceramic restorations encase the chipped, misshapen or discoloured teeth to give you a bright and sparkling smile. Dental crowns are also commonly used in conjunction with dental implants to restore the function and beauty of missing teeth. A well-fitted dental crown serves as a protective cover to hold parts of a fractured tooth together or shield the weakened tooth from further damage. A seamlessly capped tooth looks, feels, and functions like your natural tooth and improves your bite and chewing strength. Patients who have undergone a root canal or have large dental fillings will need a dental crown.

NOTE: For all its benefits, dental crowns may only be recommended for patients who have healthy dental structures and gums to support the crown. Healthy gums are necessary to anchor the crown firmly in place thus ensuring its effective cementation.

Bridges are used to restore single or multiple tooth loss

Bridges utilise a prosthetic tooth/teeth (known as a pontic) fused to two dental crowns to literally bridge the gap between your remaining teeth. These restorations are constructed from incredibly strong porcelain material that blends seamlessly with your natural tooth structure and reflects and absorbs light in the same manner as your natural tooth enamel.

Types of dental bridges

Dental bridges may be made from a variety of materials, including: porcelain, metal, as well as more robust materials such as alumina and zirconia. You may discuss your preferred type of materials with our cosmetic dentist with regards to your specific conditions.

The three most common types of dental bridges are:

Fixed Bridge

The fixed bridge connects an artificial tooth between two dental crowns. The crowns (tooth-like caps), cemented onto each tooth on either side of the gap, provide the necessary support for the bridge. The artificial tooth fills the gap and blends seamlessly with the crowns and rest of the natural teeth. This is a permanent teeth replacement solution.

Maryland Bridge

The Maryland bridge is generally used for front teeth or those teeth that are not used for the main biting or chewing action. Also known as a resin-bonded bridge, the Maryland spots a metal or porcelain wing-like framework that is attached to the artificial tooth and bonded to the adjacent teeth on each side of the gap.

Cantilever Bridge

The Cantilever bridge is bonded to a tooth adjacent to the missing tooth – with a structure similar to that of the fixed bridge. The difference is that a cantilever bridge is only bonded to a single tooth, hence it is mainly used when teeth on either side of the gap is not available for anchoring.

The benefits of bridges

Bridges can restore the appearance and function of your bite, whilst preventing your existing teeth from migrating to fill the void caused by tooth loss. This is a permanent solution to tooth loss, and with good care should last for over a decade.

To prevent possible complications arising from tooth loss conditions – such as bone deterioration, shrinking jawbone, misalignment of teeth etc – bridges should be installed soon after tooth loss. Unlike removable dentures, bridges are fixed and permanent. If properly cared for, well-constructed dental bridge can last for ten years or more.

Dental bridges may be installed in conjunction with other cosmetic dentistry procedures including tooth whitening.

Find out more about the functional and aesthetic value of Crowns & Bridges. Call Monterey Keys Dental Surgery at (07) 5665 8144 today!

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