Crowns and Bridges

What is a Dental Crown?

Crowns are used by dentists to cap decayed or damaged teeth and are often used to avoid the need for a removal and implant. The crown is fitted over the existing tooth giving it strength and improving its appearance. The existing tooth often has to be reduced in size to make room for the crown. Crowns are often used after root canal treatment, to restore chipped or broken teeth, to improve the appearance of discoloured teeth or as part of a bridge. It is essential that these are fitted correctly to ensure the preservation of the original tooth and also to ensure no damage to those surrounding.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is used to bridge a gap created by one or more missing teeth and is made up of two or more crowns for your teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth, or teeth, in between. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants. Bridges are mainly used to help restore your smile and enable you to be able to eat and chew normally. It is essential that these are fitted correctly to minimise damage to the jaw and any surrounding teeth.

How can Dental Negligence cause my Crown or Bridge to break?

The life of a crown or bridge is around 12 years. If a crown or bridge breaks before this time, it may not necessarily be below an acceptable standard of care. However, it may well be that the fitting of the crown or bridge was not carried out to a reasonable standard and as such, there is a potential compensation claim that may be brought.

Sometimes the supporting tooth under the crown decays. This is more likely to happen when the crown does not fit tightly to the underlying tooth. Some crowns may just come off shortly after being fitted due to poor fitting.

Crowns that have been fitted incorrectly are often troublesome to clean, which can result in you developing periodontal (gum) disease or decay. It is also vital that your dentist treated any decay before a crown or bridge was fitted, as this could impact on their effectiveness and longevity.

Your dentist must have properly assessed the required shape of your crowns or bridge, as any ill-fitting crowns or bridges can cause you pain and discomfort and will likely require more dental work to rectify the issue.

What do I do if I believe I have been a victim of Dental Negligence?

Even if you are a confident dental patient, undergoing dental treatment is intrusive and sensitive by nature. If something goes wrong or you have ongoing issues, it can be difficult to deal with.

Our expert team of solicitors at T G Baynes understand how stressful this time is for you. We are experienced in helping people make a compensation claim for Dental Negligence, and we can guide you through the process.

We will advise what we can do on your behalf to claim the compensation that you are rightfully entitled to as a result of the Dental Negligence you have experienced. We will listen to your needs and concerns whilst advising you of the most appropriate legal process to follow to ensure the right result for you. You will always be given all the facts you need to make informed decisions about your claim. 

T G Baynes can pursue a Dental Compensation Claim on your behalf on a No Win No Fee (CFA) basis meaning that you pay effectively no legal costs should your claim fail on your behalf.  To contact us email us on or call 020 8301 7777

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