What is a Crown and Bridge?
A Crown is a cap or cover that is placed over the top of your existing tooth.
A Bridge is a false tooth (or teeth) that sits between two (or more) crowns to cover a gap in your teeth.
Why do I need a Crown or Bridge?
A Crown is required when your tooth is chipped, cracked, has a large cavity, badly shaped or discoloured, or after a root canal treatment. The crown is designed to restore your tooth to its original shape and size and colour of your smile.
A Bridge is required when a tooth (or teeth) is missing from your smile and is used to fill the gap. They may be required after an extraction to restore your smile and will be coloured and shaped to make your smile look as natural as possible.
Types of Crowns and Bridges
At IWC Dental, we offer porcelain Crowns and Bridges.
Process of Crowns and Bridges
The process of getting a crown or bridge requires two dental appointments.
The first appointment involves investigation of the tooth, an x-ray and a mould will be taken of the tooth and surrounding teeth to ensure the crown does not have an effect on your bite. Your teeth need to be filed down in preparation for the crown fitting during your first appointment, at which time a temporary Crown will be fitted. The information gathered through these investigations is used to manufacture your permanent crown, which is fitted on your second appointment.
The process for a Bridge is similar to that of a Crown. Two appointments are required, the first appointment is investigative, with information on the tooth gap and surrounding teeth. The difference in the process comes in preparing the teeth surrounding the gap for crowns – these teeth need to be filled down in preparation for the fitting. Similar to a Crown fitting, a temporary Bridge will be fitted between the two appointments.
Between your appointments, while you have a temporary Crown or Bridge fitted, it is imperative that you do not chew any gum or sticky food, brush gently and avoid flossing the area.
After your permanent Crown or Bridge has been fitted, your teeth may be temperature sensitive for a few days. Once fitted, brush and floss as normal.
To make an appointment, simply call us on 1300 492 492 and select option 2. We operate a flexible appointment schedule and will accept urgent appointments; however, it may not be with your usual dentist. Should you require a translator or interpreter, please let us know and we will arrange a time convenient to book one for you.
Before attending your appointment, make sure you have your applicable health care and/or concession cards (e.g. Medicare Card, Department of Veterans' Affairs Card etc.) with you. If you have Private Health Insurance and are eligible for claims, please bring your Private Health Insurance Card with you as well.
If you need to cancel an appointment, we ask that you try and give 24 hours notice. Cancellations within 24 hours of the appointment may incur a cancellation fee. To cancel an appointment, simply call us on 1300 492 492.
Upon arrival at our IWC Health and Wellbeing Centre in Bundaberg, make your way to our Dental Practice reception, which is located on Ground Floor of Building 1. The Receptionist will check your contact and other details on each visit to assist in maintaining accurate records. Consultations usually take 30 minutes, however, longer appointments are available where required.
Our practice offers bulk-billing for Child Benefit Dental Services (CBDS) patients who meet certain criteria, and holders of Hospital Dental Vouchers supplied by Queensland Health. DVA cardholders are also accepted. Please check your eligibility with our staff before booking an appointment.
We also accept eligible Private Health Insurance claims. Our practice also accepts Afterpay.
For more information on consultation fees and other costs, please contact us.