Crowns & Bridges

What is a crown?

A crown is an artificial restoration that fits over the remaining part of a prepared tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape of a natural ‘cap’.

Why would I need a crown?
Crowns are an ideal restoration for teeth that have been broken, or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. A crown could be used for a number of other reasons, for instance:

  • you may have discoloured fillings and would like to improve the appearance of the tooth
  • you may have had a root filling which will need a crown to protect it
  • it may help hold a bridge or denture firmly in place.

What is a bridge?

A bridge provides a permanent fixed replacement for missing teeth and can restore a confident smile.

A bridge is made by placing a crown on each of the teeth, either side of the gap, and attaching a false tooth, or teeth in between. A specialist dental laboratory carefully constructs the bridge after an impression (mould) is taken of your mouth.

The bridge is made of porcelain and gold alloy (for strength). Like crowns the ‘teeth’ are coloured and shaped to feel and look like real teeth.

Bridges are particularly popular with people who have a gap in their mouth but prefer not to wear a denture.


A bridge or crown for your tooth will be made by one of our highly skilled technicians, Bill Manning and Gary Young, who are the directors at Sherring Lucas Dental Laboratory. We have worked closely with them for over twenty five years and their high standards have been recognised nationally with Gary winning the award for aesthetic technician of the year 2010 - an award which we know is fully justified.  You can gain a little more insight into this aspect of your dental care by visiting their website at