To Patients and Friends of Chris Bird Dental Practice,

COVID-19 UPDATE (24/3/2020): PRACTICE OPEN FOR EMERGENCY CARE ONLY

As a Dental Practice, we work in an environment where the prevention of the spread of a whole range of infections is woven into everything we do. In addition to our usual scrupulous cross infection control measures, we have been paying particularly close attention to all government guidance and updates related more specifically to Coronavirus. {COVID-19 Safety Measures}

Given the unprecedented situation in the UK regarding the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus, and following the latest advice from the UK Government on ceasing all but essential travel, we are stopping all routine dental treatment with immediate effect.
If you have an appointment in the coming weeks, a member of our reception team will be in contact with you very soon to postpone it.

Looking after the health of our patients is our absolute priority and so we will be operating an Emergency Telephone Consultation service for our patients who have urgent pain or swelling during this period of closure. If you urgently need assistance, please call us on 01543 573377.

As a team, we are doing everything we possibly can to remain fit, well and able to work so that we can continue our usual high standard of dental care for you when we return.

Thank you for your support, and stay safe,
The Team at Chris Bird Dental Care

Crowns and Bridges

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What is a crown?

Crowns are used to rebuild teeth which have been broken or have been weakened by decay or a very large filling. The crown fits over the remaining part of the tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape and contour of a natural tooth. Crowns are sometimes also known as ‘caps’.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a fixed method of replacing missing teeth. The false tooth/teeth are like crowns, they are fixed to other crowns which are cemented onto natural existing teeth. A bridge is usually used instead of a denture where there are less missing teeth to replace.

We offer two grades of crowns and bridges:

  • Porcelain fused to metal and Ceramic
  • Ceramic
  • These crowns and bridges are the dentist’s preferred choice; they deliver the ultimate in metal-free aesthetics and strength. The all ceramic completely solid nature of the material used allows your dentist to more reliably colour match the shade.
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • The traditional option; porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) is a process in which the dental laboratory makes a thin metal mould of your prepared tooth, and then adds porcelain on top to recreate your tooth as a crown. Once the crown is created, your dentist uses cement to secure it in your mouth. Bridges are constructed in a similar way – they are used to replace missing teeth.

This type of crown and bridge has been in use for many years. It is the least costly but does not allow much light transmission, which can make the tooth look solid and unnatural. Not normally recommended as a first choice when implants are involved. Also, gums may recede in time leaving a grey line at the base of the tooth.

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107-109 Walsall Road, Cannock,

Staffordshire WS11 0HP

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