Crowns are used to correct problems such as fractures, decaying, badly stained teeth or teeth that are heavily filled. Dental crowns can also be considered as another approach to correcting crowded, rotated teeth. A crown is made of porcelain, metal or a combination of both. If a tooth has had root canal treatment, or if a tooth has lost a lot of its natural structure, a crown should be placed for strength and longevity.
To prepare a tooth for a crown, some of the enamel of the tooth is removed to create a structure to support the crown. An impression is made of the reduced tooth and a temporary crown is put in place to function while the crown is being made. Our dental technician then fabricates the crown based on the impression. Approximately 8 days later the patient returns and the final crown is cemented permanently and the patient will have a natural-looking crown that will last for many years.
A bridge is a permanent replacement for missing teeth. The bridge is made of metal, porcelain or a combination of both. The natural teeth on either side of the space are used to attach the missing tooth/teeth.
The procedure involves removing some to the enamel of the adjacent teeth and an impression is then taken. The impression is sent to our dental technician who fabricates the bridge and in the interim, temporary crowns are placed over these teeth. Approximately 8 days later the patient returns and the permanent bridge is cemented.