Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of porcelain, placed on top of a tooth.
With our use of state-of-the-art Planmeca E4D Technology we are able to offer same-day crowns with a custom fit.
Crowns are used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a procedure like as a root canal. When large portions of a tooth must be removed, a crown is often used to restore the tooth.
Crowns have several uses – to attach bridges, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, to cover implants, or an existing filling is becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns can also be used for cosmetic use, and are applied when a tooth which is stained or discolored needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
Bridges are a natural-looking dental appliances that is used to replace a section of missing teeth. They are custom-made, so bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of your teeth. They also maintain the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Bridges are also called fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and bonded to existing teeth or implants. There are several types of fixed dental bridges (bridges that cannot be removed) -conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by your dentist.
Bridge appliances are usually made of gold alloys or combinations of materials.
Implant bridges are appliances attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.
The first step to a crown is the reduction in the tooth size. This is necessary to accommodate the crown, which fits over the natural tooth. An impression is then made from the existing tooth to create a custom-designed crown. The computer equipment and special machine then generate a custom fit crown. The crowns are cemented in place.
Caring For Your Crowns and Bridges
With proper care, good quality crowns and bridges could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.
Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or teeth grinding greatly shorten the life of crowns and bridges. Eating hard and brittle foods also reduce the life span of crowns and bridges.