Crowns are used to restore the shape, appearance, and functionality of a damaged tooth. It is a hollow, artificial tooth used to cover the existing damage or decay and protect it from further issues. A crown may be necessary after a root canal, a large filling, or if you have a broken tooth. The finished crown looks and works like your natural set of teeth.
A crown procedure is as following:
• You will receive a local anesthetic (freezing). •
• The tooth being restored will be filed down to make room for the crown. •
• An impression of the filed down tooth and surrounding teeth is taken to make your custom crown. The crown is made of a restorative material (used for fillings) based on the impression. •
• A temporary crown (made from an impression of your tooth before being filed down) is placed until your final crown is ready. This protects your tooth until the final crown is ready. •
• During your next visit, your temporary crown is removed and the final one placed. The dentist will check to ensure it is the right fit, shape, bite, and colour. Once everything is approved and good to go, the crown is cemented into place. •
Based on which of your teeth requires a crown, your dentist will suggest a material or combination that is best for you.
With proper care, crowns can last for approximately 10 years. They require brushing and flossing like your natural teeth. Not as strong as your natural teeth, remember not to bite hard objects and open things with your mouth.
A bridge is a type of dental restoration that restores one or more missing teeth with an artificial tooth fused between 2 crowns. The crown is held in place by your surrounding natural teeth for a strong and permanent solution.
A bridge procedure is as following
Based on the condition and location of your teeth, your dentist will recommend an appropriate bridge.
Bridges can last for approximately 10 years with proper care. They will need to be brushed and flossed every day with regular cleaning appointments recommended. Your dentist will instruct you on the proper care for your new bridge.
For any questions about the crown and bridge process, give our office a call.
Our hygiene team is focused on attaining and maintaining healthy bone and gum support for your teeth. Professional maintenance of your teeth and gums together with your at-home care is essential in keeping your smile beautiful and healthy.