Crowns & Bridges
If decay or other damage to your tooth’s structure is so extensive that the tooth cannot securely hold a filling, a crown over the top of the tooth prevents further damage to the surface and preserves the root and bone that supports the tooth. Our crowns give us an alternative to extraction, which can result in gaps between the teeth, improper bite and changes to the facial structure from deterioration of the bone beneath the tooth. Our crowns are generally made of metal, porcelain or ceramic material, or a combination of porcelain and metal.
Before installing a crown, we may have to perform a root canal to ensure that we remove all decay and infection. Then we reshape what is left of the tooth and take an impression to create a crown that will fit exactly over the damaged tooth and comfortably between the adjacent teeth. Your first appointment ends with the fitting of a temporary crown. At your second appointment, we remove the temporary crown and fit the new crown created by the dental lab over it.
Porcelain & Ceramic Crowns
In the past, crowns were usually made of gold, which was both durable and softer than porcelain, causing less wear to neighbouring teeth. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are the near-invisible alternative to gold crowns, having the look of natural teeth. Porcelain crowns can be harder to fit as accurately as gold crowns. A modern compromise is the porcelain-over-metal crown whose metal base gives the crown durability while the porcelain top gives it a natural look.
Bridges: Rebuilding Your Smile
Our bridges are used to replace missing teeth. A fixed bridge is a false tooth anchored to crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap. For a missing front tooth, where the teeth are not subjected to the force of grinding and chewing, you may wish to choose a cantilever bridge, which is attached on only one side. Removable bridges are another option when budget constraints dictate a lower cost.
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