Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental Crowns and Bridges To Restore Your Mouth
Crowns and bridges are prosthetics that improve and restore the health of your mouth, and dental function, and appearance. They are permanently affixed to existing teeth or implants, and can’t be removed. If you looking to restore your natural looking smile, you can read on about dental crowns and bridges to see whether this treatment is right for you. Our dentist in Calgary is more than happy to answer any questions you may have before getting starting.
What is a Dental Crown?
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over a damaged tooth. It’s used to strengthen and rebuild a damaged tooth, approve tooth appearance or alignment. Crowns are functional, meaning you can eat as normal without damaging the crown. Your dentist will discuss the function and care of your crown at your consultation.
There are many reasons your dentist might suggest a crown:
- Protect a weakened tooth at risk of fracture
- Restore a broken or decayed tooth
- Attach or cover a dental bridge
- Replace a filling with there isn’t enough existing tooth remaining
- Cover a misshapen or poorly formed tooth
- Improve cosmetic appearance
- Cover a tooth that’s had a root canal
How is a Dental Crown Made?
Think of a crown as a cap that your existing tooth will wear. First, your tooth must be reduced in size so that the material will fit over it. After reducing your tooth side, the dentist will take an impression to be used as a mold for the crown.
Porcelain is often used to craft the crown, but it may also be made from a combination of zirconium or gold. During your consultation, we’ll discuss the best material to fit your lifestyle.
If porcelain is used, our master ceramist will hand-tint your crown to match the color of your teeth for a seamless fit. The tooth is created in the custom mold. Once your crown is ready, it will be permanently affixed over your prepared tooth.
The result is a natural-looking and functional tooth!
What is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is used to replace a single or multiple missing teeth. If you have a gap caused by missing teeth, the bridge is inserted into the gap, hence making a “bridge” of natural-looking teeth to fill the space. It’s affixed to your existing teeth for permanent placement.
If you’ve lost teeth due to decay, trauma or illness, this procedure is a good option to restore the natural function and appearance of your teeth. Your teeth are designed to work together. If you lose a tooth, the teeth on either side of the gap may loosen or begin to lean into the gap. This causes loss of function, and eventually, additional tooth loss.
How are Bridges Made?
Like a crown, your teeth on either side of the bridge are reduced in size in preparation for the bridge to be placed over them. If your teeth aren’t strong enough to hold a bridge, you may need dental implants. Implants are posts which are surgically placed into the jaw to support the bridge.
A mold is then made of your teeth so natural-looking replacement tooth can be crafted. Porcelain or a combination of metal alloys are used to create the new teeth. Your bridge can also be color matched for a flawless fit and natural smile. The bridge is then permanently affixed to the prepared teeth, filling the gap and restoring your smile!
Caring for your Dental Crown or Bridge
Crowns and bridges require a commitment to good dental care to ensure their longevity and the health of your existing teeth. A bridge may fail if you develop gum disease or decay of the teeth around it. Be sure to see your hygienist and dentist for regular check-ups and cleanings. Cleanings are important for removing tartar and other buildups around the crown or bridge. With proper dental care, your dental prosthetics can last a lifetime.
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