Crowns & Bridges
Bridges and crowns are custom-made dental prosthetics that help restore the strength and function of one or more teeth. Crowns (or dental caps) are most commonly used to repair a tooth, finish up a root canal, or top a dental implant. Bridges are available for people who are missing one or more teeth. A bridge uses healthy neighbouring teeth to anchor prosthetic teeth in place.
The Benefits of Bridges and Crowns
Crowns and bridges restore the strength, function and beauty to your smile. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift. Bridges and crowns can prevent this from happening and save your bite. Crowns can also save a tooth which is fractured but not yet broken.
- Getting a Crown
After numbing and freezing the local area, your tooth is gently reshaped so a natural-looking crown can fit over it. An impression is taken of your prepared tooth and surrounding teeth so that your new crown will fit perfectly and blend in seamlessly. A temporary crown will be placed to protect your prepared tooth and make you more comfortable while you wait. When your crown is ready, it will be permanently cemented in place. Some final touches may be made to ensure a perfect bite and you’re ready to go!
- Getting a Bridge
There are different types of bridges but the most common is the traditional bridge. A bridge contains one or more prosthetic teeth held in place by crowns on either end. With a local anesthetic, the neighbouring teeth on either side of the gap are gently reshaped. An impression of your mouth is taken and temporary crowns are placed while your bridge is made. During your second appointment, your bridge is permanently cemented in place. Some final touches may be done to make sure everything fits perfectly, and then your bridge is complete!
Frequently Asked Questions
Do Dental Crowns Hurt?
If the tooth needs to be shaped or prepared in advance, you might experience some discomfort. Your comfort is a priority for us. If you're nervous about any dental procedure, please let us know.
How do I take care of my dental crown?
A dental crown is maintained just like a natural tooth. Regular brushing and flossing keep your dental crown, and the supporting gum around it, healthy and clean. Regular cleanings and checkups at your dentist are essential to your oral health.
What is a dental post?
For dental crowns which cap an existing tooth, a post may be needed if there isn't enough healthy tooth left over to hold a crown. The post is cemented into a prepared root canal and acts as a sturdy, reinforced base and core of your dental crown.
How long does a crown last?
With proper care and maintenance, a crown can last 10 years or more.
Will my insurance cover the cost of a crown?
You must speak with your insurance provider to find out if they will cover your crown. After your initial consultation, we can provide you with a quote to take to your insurance provider.