Crowns & Bridges

Why does one need a crown ?

In the event that your smile has been damaged, your dentist may recommend the use of a crown to improve the tooth’s strength. A crown is essentially a small tooth-shaped “cap” that your dentist places over the tooth. You may require a dental crown in any of the following circumstances:

  1. A tooth has been weakened by decay. A dental crown will prevent the weakened tooth from breaking, and will hold together cracked parts of a tooth
  2. A tooth has been broken or seriously worn down, and requires restoration
  3. A tooth with a large filling and must be covered and supported
  4. You must hold a dental bridge in place
  5. Aesthetic problems such as misshapen or discoloured teeth need to be covered
  6. A dental implant must be covered

Crowns are often used with children as well, and can be used in a number of primary tooth applications. Your dentist in Oshawa may recommend the use of crowns for children if a tooth has been badly damaged by decay, but is too small to support a filling. Additionally, dentists often choose dental crowns to protect the teeth of children who are not compliant with their daily oral hygiene routine.

What kind of crowns are available ?

There are three common kinds of crowns, each of which are designed with a unique purpose in mind:

What is a bridge ?

Bridges literally bridge the gap in your smile.

A bridge is a non-removable restoration that is used to replace missing teeth. They are typically made up of two or more crowns used as anchors and referred to as “abutment teeth.”

Bridges provide a number of benefits. They are used to restore your smile, improve your chewing and speaking ability, evenly distribute the forces in your bite, and help maintain the shape of your face.

The process for getting a dental bridge is typically broken into two different visits. During the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared. This involves recontouring the teeth and stripping away the enamel to make room for the placement of the crown. Once this has been completed, impression of the teeth must be made. This acts as the model framework that your dentist in Oshawa will use to order the bridge, pontic, and crowns from a dental lab. You will be given a temporary bridge to protect the teeth and gums while the bridge is being finished.

You will receive a call from your dentist in Oshawa once the bridge is ready. At this point, your temporary bridge will be removed, and your new appliance will be checked and adjusted to ensure a proper fit. Follow-up appointments may be needed to check the fit of the metal framework and bite, though this is circumstantial. After a couple of weeks, your new bridge will be cemented into place.