About Crowns & Dental Bridges
Dental crowns and dental bridges are some of the core services we offer at the Northern Dental Centre for individual teeth or in some cases, full mouth repair.
These are the sort of treatments that require a lot of thought before you decide to opt for them. They change the entire mouth and we always advise patients to avoid using crowns and bridges unless it’s the best option for them.
Our team of professional dentists will guide you through the process of getting crowns and dental bridges. But let’s take a look at these two procedures we provide at the Northern Dental Centre.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is an artificial cover that fits over the top of your tooth; hence the name. A dental crown will be molded into the shape of your tooth and cemented in place using a special type of dental cement.
The point of a dental crown is to improve the strength of a weak tooth and to improve its appearance. For example, if someone has experienced damage from an accident a dental crown can revitalize the tooth.
There are generally two sessions needed for a procedure like this. The first session involves taking an impression and the second session will be the fitting of the crown.
The majority of dental crowns are made either from porcelain and gold. Porcelain is more natural, but gold is easier for the dentist to work with and reduces the amount of drilling involved.
So if you have a broke or a worn down tooth, a crown could be the perfect option for you. Crowns are a long term solution which provide a strong protection over your natural tooth.
What are Dental Bridges?
Crowns and dental bridges are two very different things. Dental bridges are primarily designed to replace missing teeth. A dental implant will be used to replace the missing tooth. The bridge is the part that holds it in place with your adjoining teeth.
This is a big procedure and will involve multiple sessions to complete the procedure. These sessions will include: fitting the implants, designing the bridge, and actually fitting the bridge.
The importance of a bridge is to prevent both the implant and the adjoining bridge from moving. Movements like this can expose the gums and the hole under your tooth. This can lead to gum disease and infection, which will require further trips to the dentist later.
If you want to find out more about crowns and dental bridges at the Northern Dental Centre, call us today at 780-532-1786.
FAQ's for Crowns and Dental Bridges
Will crowns and dental bridges change my look?
In most cases, no. They’re designed to be aesthetically pleasing on the eye. They are designed to improve the look of your smile and make you more confident.
Should I opt for crowns or bridges?
They’re two different things. Crowns are to protect existing teeth, whereas bridges hold dental implants in place. Bridges are to replace missing teeth and provide stability in the dentition.
Are Crowns or Bridges My Only Option?
No, other options are available such as partial dentures or implants. It is best to book an examination with one of our doctors to review all options and make the best decisions.
Do I always have to have a dental bridge if I have a crown?
Not at all. A dental bridge is designed to protect a greater level of damage. When you receive an implant you’ll usually receive a bridge as well. With a crown, it’s not necessary.
How can we help?
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