CROWNS & BRIDGES
Dental crowns and bridges are used, respectively, to repair or replace damaged teeth. They both improve the appearance of your smile, and protect your teeth from further damage.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is used to cover a damaged tooth. A crown will provide structure and support to the damaged tooth, while improving its appearance and alignment with the surrounding teeth. Crowns can also be placed on top of implants or used to cover teeth that have had a root canal.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth.
A bridge attaches to the remaining natural teeth on either side of the missing teeth to ‘bridge’ the gap. Besides providing a proper chewing surface, and an aesthetically pleasing result, a bridge will prevent the natural teeth from shifting or rotating into the gap created by the missing teeth.
It is very important to your dental health to prevent teeth from shifting into an empty space. If teeth do shift into a gap, it can lead to very disruptive and potentially painful dental problems such as Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) and gum disease.
What materials are used to make crowns and bridges?
Crowns and bridges are made from many different materials, such as ceramic, porcelain, gold and metal alloys, and acrylic.
Our team will be pleased to explain the benefits of each of these materials and help you select the material that is right for you.
Are crowns and bridges removable or fixed?
Unlike dentures, which must be removed and cleaned every day, crowns and bridges are cemented into place in your mouth. They are not intended to be removed, and, with proper care, may last you a lifetime.
How do I clean my crown or bridge?
You should care for your crown and bridge as you would care for your natural teeth. A proper home care routine should include daily brushing and flossing.
To maintain optimal care of your crown and bridge, as well as optimal oral health, you will need to schedule regular professional dental examinations and cleanings.