Crowns and Bridges
When your teeth are heavily decayed, root canal treated or heavily restored, sometimes a filling isn’t enough to repair the damage. However, you may not be ready to move on to dentures just yet. Northtown Dental Associates provides dental crown and bridge work in North Edmonton for all your tooth decay problems. Before choosing a suitable procedure for your missing or decayed tooth, let’s understand the differences between these fixed prosthetic dental devices called bridges and crowns.
If your mouth has missing teeth, the gaps may cause the nearby teeth to drift or decay. This can lead to bite alterations and can affect the aesthetics of your smile and the ability to chew properly. Dental bridges help restore the ability to speak and chew, maintain the shape of your face, prevent the nearby teeth from drifting out of position, and restore your smile.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
When missing teeth aren’t replaced, the nearby teeth tend to either drift or tilt. Cleaning a tilted tooth can be hard and it also puts one at the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. The name – dental bridge – is derived from its ability to “bridge” gaps between teeth. At Northtown Dental Associates, we provide bridge work that involves permanently attaching a replacement tooth to fill the gap. Through distributing the force in your bite, a bridge helps in maintaining the shape of your face, restores your smile and enables you to chew and speak properly.
Traditional bridges, the most common type, are made up of two or more crowns on either side of the gap of teeth, and a false tooth or teeth in between. Pontics, as these false teeth are generally known as, can be constructed of porcelain, metal, or a gold alloy depending upon your personal preference.
Dental Bridge Procedure
The dental bridging procedure is quite simple and easy. First, we will smooth down your teeth and take an accurate model of that area. After that, a temporary plastic cover is fixed to protect the smoothed teeth until your bridgework is finished being constructed. Once the bridgework is complete, the temporary covers are removed, and the new bridge will be checked and adjusted to get the perfect bite. This may require multiple visits until the perfect fit of the metal/porcelain framework is arrived at After the necessary minor adjustments, the bridgework is fixed and later cemented or bonded onto the teeth. For further information on dental bridges in Edmonton, book an appointment with us today.
How to Take Care of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges help improve the appearance and function of your mouth. These bridges can last up to 15 years or longer with proper care. We suggest you follow the below mentioned for healthy maintenance of dental bridges:
Brushing your teeth twice a day – keeps remaining teeth healthy and strong
Flossing daily using an antiseptic mouthwash – prevents further tooth decay/tooth loss
Maintaining a balanced diet – for proper nutrition
If you have a weakened or damaged tooth, dental crowns can help protect and strengthen the tooth. They “cap” the damage by replacing the outer layer of your tooth with up to 1.5 millimeter thick material . Crowns vary in shape and size depending on the dimensions of the tooth.
What Is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns restore the shape, appearance and function of damaged teeth. The crowns are usually custom made and fixed to the tooth. They cover and support your teeth that had a large filling where tooth decay has weakened or discoloured your teeth. They are also used to protect teeth that are treated with a root canal. Crowns can also be constructed of various materials depending upon your personal preference. You can also cover a discoloured tooth with a porcelain crown. We provide crowns that are available in different materials like full metal/gold, porcelain fused to metal, and all porcelain (CEREC or e-Max crown).
Dental Crown Procedure
There are certain factors which are considered before constructing and placing the tooth crown, such as the size of the tooth, the position of the tooth, bite force in the area, and more. The procedure entails the following steps:
Your dentist or the prosthodontist gets an impression of the damaged tooth/teeth – this impression is used to make a custom crown
A temporary crown is placed to cover the tooth until the final crown is ready
During your next visit, the temporary crown is taken off and the final crown is fixed
After a few more visits to make sure whether the crown fits, the final crown is cemented into place
HOW LONG DO THE DENTAL CROWNS LAST?
The lifespan of a crown depends on the amount of wear and tear the crown is exposed to and the oral hygiene of the individual. It may last between five and fifteen years.
DOES A CROWNDED TOOTH REQUIRE SPECIAL CARE?
You must follow good oral hygiene practices to ensure the crowned tooth is protected from decay.
You can always visit our dentist in our North Edmonton clinic to learn more about the dental crowning procedure and other facts related to it.