CROWNS AND BRIDGES - Restore your naturally beautiful smile
Crowns and bridges, also known as restorative dentistry, can correct missing teeth, bite dysfunction, and or structural problems.
Crowns (otherwise known as a “cap”) involves restoring natural teeth that have old large fillings, extensive decay, fractures, cover over dental implants, cover discoloured teeth or to cover over a tooth that previously has had a root canal treatment.
A bridge may be recommended if more than one tooth is missing, as they span the space where teeth are missing. The gaps left by the missing teeth can eventually cause the remaining teeth to drift or rotate into the empty spaces, resulting in a poor bite and leading to temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) or periodontal disease.
Natural-Looking Porcelain Crowns and Bridges
Advancements in restorative dentistry have provided us with long lasting, durable all-porcelain (ceramic crowns) without metal cores. These types of crowns look so natural they are nearly undetectable.
Porcelain crowns are used to restore both the back and front of the teeth. To replace a series of missing teeth, porcelain bridges are an excellent, esthetic choice. These types of bridges can even be used to replace old partial dentures—offer new freedom by eliminating the need to remove this dental appliance each night.
Crowns and bridges are custom-made and created to match the shape, size and color of your natural teeth. As well, the metal-free ceramic crown has a tooth-coloured margin, which does not need to be placed under the gum line as metal-based crowns do. Therefore the crown margin does not irritate the gingival tissue and helps prevent gum recession. Porcelain crowns result in a beautiful, comfortable, long-lasting, and very natural-looking smile.
Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns and Bridges
Porcelain bonded to a metal shell (PBM/PFM) crown is often used because it combines strength and aesthetics. These crowns are stronger than just porcelain crowns and often are recommended for back teeth. When possible, you will be given choice options, and the pros and cons of each type will be explained.
Dental Crowns Crowns (often referred to as caps) is one choice of permanent tooth covering to treat the following dental problems:
- Broken tooth
- Multiple large fillings
- Tooth discolouration from root canal treatment
- Crowded or rotated teeth (as part of an orthodontic treatment)
Types of Crowns
Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth. Crowns are often made from porcelain bonded to a metal shell for a strong and attractive result.
Crowns can also be made of gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. Since alloys are stronger than porcelain, alloy-based crowns are often recommended for back teeth. If you are a candidate for receiving crowns, you’ll want to know which types of crowns are best for you. Twilight Dentistry can help you understand the pros and cons of each type.
Bridges A bridge may be recommended if you're missing one or more teeth as they span the space where the teeth are missing. Gaps or spaces left by missing teeth can eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or drift into the empty spaces, resulting in a poor bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to problems such as gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants that surround the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, act as anchors for the bridge. A replacement “fake” tooth, called a pontic, is cemented to the adjacent teeth. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost, you will be given all treatment options.
If you are missing one or more teeth and are looking for a permanent, natural-looking replacement, please call Twilight Dentistry for a COMPLIMENTARY consultation to see if you may be a suitable candidate for dental crowns or bridges.
Our dentists at Twilight Dentistry offer sedation dentistry to provide you even greater comfort during the preparation and placement of crowns and bridges. If you have dental anxiety, our experienced dental professionals can help you choose which level of sedation is right for you.
If you have been thinking about changing the appearance of your teeth, ask one of our knowledgeable staff members at Twilight Dentistry about Crowns and Bridges. Book an appointment today with one of our Twilight Dentistry smile dentists for a complimentary smile analysis.