Restore Your Winning Smile with Crowns and Bridges

Do you have broken or missing teeth? Without the presence of pain or discomfort, many people have a tendency to ignore them, and delay having the issues addressed. However, neglecting the problems will have very serious future consequences. Broken teeth can lead to painful infections, while missing teeth will cause neighbouring teeth to shift, causing large spaces and an unattractive smile.

Definitions
We will use a crown or a bridge to fix your tooth, depending on the situation.

  • A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers an existing tooth.
  • A bridge is a false tooth set between two crowned teeth that act as anchors. These bridges are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they also prevent neighbouring teeth from shifting.

The Crown Procedure
Your dentist can complete this entire procedure in two dental visits. During your first visit, a complete oral examination will be performed. After assessing your needs, your dentist will remove surrounding enamel from teeth needing crowns, in order to shrink them and allow for a crown fitting. Impressions, or molds, are also taken in order to customize crowns to the rest of your teeth. This means the shape, as well as colour, of your surrounding teeth will be taken into consideration in order to provide you with a natural-looking smile. Next, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent unit is built.

During your second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary hardware, make any necessary final adjustments, apply an adhesive compound to your tooth, and permanently affix your crown.

Bridge to a Natural-Looking Smile
While a crown is a cap that fits over a tooth to restore a healthy appearance, a bridge is an artificial set of teeth that serves to fill the gap between two teeth. It is important to note that a bridge is not like an implant. Both serve as a means of filling in gaps where natural teeth once were; however, while an implant is affixed to the actual jawbone where a tooth used to be, a dental bridge is attached to two existing teeth in order to cover the space between them. These can be permanently attached with a fixed prosthetic or can be removable in nature by means of a denture-like prosthetic.

Crown and Bridge Benefits
As mentioned before, many people avoid going to the dentist for missing or broken teeth if they do not experience any pain. However, crown and bridge treatment:

  • Prevents further tooth decay and diseases like gingivitis and periodontal disease
  • Restores your natural bite
  • Prevents unnecessary stress on your teeth
  • Holds your teeth in their proper place
  • Enhances your smile, speech, and chewing ability

If you are missing teeth, or have recently broken a tooth, make an appointment with Portway Dentistry. Contact our Brantford location.