Crowns and Bridges
At Dr. William Cheung & Associates, we offer solutions to repair and replace teeth in a variety of circumstances with the goal of improving patient comfort, confidence, and chewing function.
Dental Crowns to Repair or Improve Teeth
Dental crowns, or caps, are indirect restorations that surround the entire tooth structure like a protective helmet. Indirect restorations mean that we rely on the expertise of a dental lab to create the crown.
Instances that might call for treatment with a dental crown or crowns include:
- Deeply decayed teeth with compromised structure
- Root canal treated teeth
- Broken or worn-down teeth
- Painful cracked teeth
- Cosmetic improvement for dark or unattractive teeth
For patients who prefer to keep their natural teeth, dental crowns protect, reinforce, and prevent teeth from splitting or breaking down further. Our dentists at Dr. William Cheung & Associates are happy to go over options and help our clients make a choice that works best for their smiles.
What Type of Dental Crown Works Best?
Each patient is unique and so are their needs. Crowns come in a variety of materials.
- Porcelain or ceramic – the most natural-looking type of dental crown which is often preferred by patients for repairing the front teeth
- Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) – natural looking porcelain that overlays metal for extra reinforcement
- Full gold crowns – gold crowns are sometimes recommended for posterior teeth that sustain extra force when chewing
Our dentists will discuss the pros and cons of each and help you decide which dental crown alternative works best.
The Dental Crown Process
At our Hong Kong Central dental office, we strive to make patients comfortable and will anesthetize the tooth or teeth before beginning treatment. We encourage and welcome patients who feel a bit nervous to talk to us. Our dental team will do everything possible to comfort you and put you at ease.
One of our dentists will reshape the tooth, removing any decay or infection before taking an impression for our dental lab to create a custom dental crown. In the meantime, we will protect the tooth with a temporary dental crown.
Once we receive the dental crown, our dentist will secure it to the tooth and make any minor adjustments for a comfortable and accurate fit.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A gap in the smile sometimes makes it difficult to eat, speak, or smile confidently. A missing tooth, unfortunately, leaves space for teeth to shift. Shifting teeth can cause misalignment or problems with the bite. A dental bridge suspends an artificial tooth in the gap using two anchor crowns, closing the gap in the smile.
Dental bridges require some special care that goes beyond simple brushing, flossing, and dental visits. Because food can become stuck around the dental bridge, small brushes that fit between the teeth or handy floss threaders will help keep the teeth that support the bridge and the surrounding gum tissue disease free.
We Welcome New Patients
Broken and missing teeth do not mean the end of a beautiful smile or enjoying fine cuisine. Contact our dental office, located in the heart of Central Hong Kong, to arrange an appointment to learn more.