Crowns & Bridges

Crowns, bridges, inlays & onlays listed below are all categorised as indirect restorations. Our dentist will prepare the tooth and then record moulds of the tooth. These records are then sent to a dental laboratory where the restoration will be fabricated out of ceramic, metals, zirconia or a combination of them. Once done, the dentist will fit and bond these restorations to your tooth. A minimum of two separate appointments is required for these works to be completed.


Dental Crown

dental crown is a fairly simple treatment for teeth that are weak from decay or cracks. If you have cracked or damaged teeth that are in need of crown(s), Pathway Dental is your go-to dentist in Christchurch for dental crowns and root canals.

Dental crowns are used to restore teeth that have either been severely worn down to a point, to restore a tooth that has broken, to protect teeth that have had a large filling and have little left of the original tooth to cover and protect it, and to hold things like dental bridges in place. You will also find that the dental crown can also be used to perfect the appearance of a discolored or misshapen tooth. Crowns are also used when a dental implant needs covering or modification for cosmetic purposes.

Crowns are not just for adults. A baby tooth can be salvaged with a dental crown, either in places of severe decay and rotting, or to again provide cover for large fillings and to protect future teeth from the same problems.

Different Types of Dental Crowns

There are a wide variety of crowns that you can choose from if this has been presented to you as a viable option to save teeth or to make them look better in times of trouble. You will find that many metals can be used within a dental crown—especially stainless steel—as well as porcelain that has been fused to metal, all-ceramic or porcelain, resin, and even temporary ones made of either stainless steel or acrylic.

A dental crown will come with a few appointments – the first of which will be inspecting the troubled teeth and organizing a treatment plan that will work for you and your dental needs. In many cases X-rays are necessary in order to check the extent of the damage and a numbing agent will be used to ensure that no discomfort is felt. The tooth will then be filed down to ensure that there is plenty of room for the crown to be added on top of it without causing it to stick out or look odd in conjunction with your other teeth. Once all of this has been done, an impression will be made using a putty, and this will be used to create the crown to your exact specifications, matching the colour to the same shade as your natural teeth and generally ensuring that the crown looks as natural as you would want it to.


Dental Bridges

If you are missing a tooth, Pathway Dental is your solution for dental bridges and cosmetic dentistry in Christchurch. Dental bridges are often the method of choice when it comes to perfecting a smile once a tooth has gone missing, but their use doesn’t just stop there. A dental bridge can also help if you are missing multiple teeth that not only affect the way you look but also alter your bite, changes the way that you speak, or even alters the shape of your face.

Dental bridges are actually very simple components for cosmetic dentistry – they are fake teeth made from a durable material (usually alloy, porcelain, gold or a mixture of all three) that are used to replace the tooth that was originally missing, held in place by two crowns. These crowns basically serve as the anchor to ensure that they don’t move and provide the natural look that you want.

Different Types of Dental Bridges

You will usually find that there are three types of dental bridges that you can opt for, dependent on the type of issue you have, and how severe your case is: Traditional “fixed” bridges, Resin-bonded/Maryland bonded bridges and Cantilever bridges.

The traditional fixed bridge is the most often used, and is fixed to their position, unable to be removed or reversed for any reason.

Resin-bonded or Maryland-bonded bridges are better for teeth that are situated in the front of the mouth, with no large fillings or damage caused to teeth on either side, and the fake tooth itself is usually made up of plastic, with a bonding that is hidden from view.

The Cantilever type of dental bridges are for lower teeth, generally, and particularly those that are susceptible to high levels of stress; perhaps for teeth grinders, etc. You will find that these are best used for those gaps where only one “decent” tooth is available to have the bridge bonded to – everything will be bonded on the one side. Taking the time to practice proper oral hygiene and avoiding cavities will help your dental bridge last for several years.

Dental Bridges for You

Deciding on dental bridges for your teeth is simple. A consultation with Pathway Dental Cosmetic Dentistry in Christchurch is the first step towards your best, complete smile. During your second appointment, we will prepare your teeth and cover them with temporary crowns. Impressions of your teeth might also be taken at this time. The next appointment will be for the permanent placement of the bridge(s).



An inlay is a filling but made using the indirect method as stated above while and onlay is like a partial crown. As long as the teeth are taken care of well, indirect restorations have the potential to last longer than standard fillings. In addition to that, they are usually more realistic looking compared to their direct counterparts.

Our dentists at Pathway Dental will be able to provide you with a much more detailed explanation of these treatment options using images and models and will help plan your needs for any indirect restorative during your dental check up appointment.


Schedule an Appointment

Choosing Pathway Dental for dental crown/bridges work is the best course of action to take when searching for a dentist in Christchurch. To schedule an appointment, simply call our clinic on 03 366 8866 or request an appointment online.

Please call 03 366 8866 to book an appointment with Pathway Dental, Christchurch gentle Dentists.