207 Clarkston Road,
Glasgow,
G44 3DS

207 Clarkston Road,
Glasgow, G44 3DS

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What is a Crown?

A crown is used to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.

We may recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
  • Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth

What is a Bridge ?

A bridge may be recommended if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.

FACT

The enamel on the top surface on your tooth, is the hardest part of your entire body.

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A diet that is rich in vitamins, minerals and fresh fruit & vegetables can help prevent gum disease.

FACT

Visiting a Dentist twice a year is imperative for dental health.

FACT

Babies' teeth begin to develop before they are born, but in most cases don't come through until they're between 6 and 12 months old.

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Floss or use an interdental brush every day to remove food, debris and plaque lodged between your teeth.

FACT

There are 32 adult teeth in total – 12 more than in the baby set.

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