Crowns, Bridges and Implants
Crowns and bridges are restorations that correct dental conditions while protecting and strengthening your teeth.
A dental crown is custom-made to fit over a damaged natural tooth. It restores the function of the tooth and provides strength and support. Dental bridges replace missing teeth.
Crowns and bridges are usually made of ceramic because of its natural appearance and durability.
Everyone wants a healthy, complete smile, and crowns and bridges can help. Updated techniques and treatments have made placing crowns and bridges easier than ever.
When are Dental Crowns and Bridges Used?
Dental crowns have many applications and can be used to correct a number of problems:
- Severely decayed teeth
- Root canal treated teeth
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Broken fillings
- Large, unattractive fillings
A dental bridge is used to fill the space left by a missing tooth. The bridge is usually made as a single unit that is held in place by crowns on adjacent teeth. A dental bridge improves the appearance of your smile and also prevents surrounding teeth from shifting out of place and moving into the space left by a missing tooth.
What does Placing a Crown or Bridge Involve?
A dental crown or bridge can usually be placed in two visits. First, we prepare your natural tooth to receive the restoration and then an impression or a scan is taken of your teeth. This accurately represents the position of your natural teeth so that your restoration fits correctly.
The impressions or scan are sent to a special dental laboratory, where they are used to construct your permanent restoration. Before you leave our practice, we fit you with a temporary bridge or crown that you wear while the new crown or bridge is fabricated.
Once the restoration is finished, we will book an appointment for you to return to our clinic. At that time we check the final restoration for proper fit, making adjustments as required. Finally, the restoration is cemented into place.
Before you leave our surgery, we will give you instructions on caring for your new restoration. The restoration is fully functional, but you should remember that it requires special care to prevent damage and the need for replacement. If you practice proper oral hygiene and schedule regular dental cleanings, your new restoration will last for many years.
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Are you troubled by a damaged or missing tooth? Please contact us to arrange an appointment and learn more about your options!