Crowns & Bridges

Dental Crowns –also known as tooth ‘caps’ –are a popular dental restoration option used to replace a damaged or decayed tooth. A crown is a tooth shaped cap that is placed over the remnants of a damaged tooth or a dental implant, restoring not just appearance but also improving the tooth’s strength and functionality.

A crown fits just like a natural tooth because it is created from impressions of your tooth, ensuring a perfect fit. Once placed, a dental crown is cemented permanently in place, restoring your natural smile and preventing any future oral health issues. Dental crowns are an ideal treatment for people with broken teeth or cavities.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge covers or "bridges" the gap between missing teeth. Missing teeth not only make talking and chewing more difficult, but they can also cause other oral health problems over time. Teeth surrounding the space in your mouth can eventually move into the empty space, which can affect your bite and lead to gum disease and other serious oral health issues such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

A dental bridge is one way to take care of a gap between missing teeth. There are two types of bridges: removable and permanent. Removable dental bridges, also called partial dentures, can be taken out and cleaned, and permanent dental bridges are fixed and cemented to your teeth. A partial denture stays in place with clasps that secure to your neighboring natural teeth whereas a permanent bridge is cemented into place and permanently attached to your adjacent teeth.

What is the process of getting a dental bridge or crown?

A permanent or ‘fixed bridge’ is created by your dentist first prepping the adjacent teeth by reducing their size so that the bridge (or single crown) will fit over it. After reducing the tooth/teeth, your dentist will take an impression to provide a mold for the crown or bridge to be made. Then, the correct shade is determined to ensure your bridge or crown perfectly matches your remaining natural teeth. A dental lab will then make the crown or bridge using a material specified by the dentist such as porcelain, ceramic or metal. While the permanent crown or bridge is being made, your dentist will place a temporary crown or bridge to cover to prepared teeth (or implants), ensuring that your remaining teeth are protected. When the permanent crown or bridge is ready, the temporary material is removed, and the new crown or bridge is cemented over your prepared tooth or teeth. Once a bridge or crown is placed, it functions and looks just like your natural teeth. 

With proper care and dental hygiene, your bridge or crown will keep you smiling for many years to come!

 

 

 


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Care Tips for Bridges & Crowns

While crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they can sometimes come loose, crack or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown/bridge is to practice good oral hygiene. Here are a few additional tips:

  • Keep your mouth healthy by brushing twice per day and flossing daily

  • To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects

  • Always use scissors to open packages, never your teeth

  • Wear protective mouthguards while playing recreational sports

  • See your dentist or hygienist regularly for checkups and professional dental cleanings