Crowns and Bridges are used to restore your smile when you have missing teeth, or need damaged teeth to be cosmetically restored. If you are missing a single tooth or a couple of adjacent teeth, a dental bridge can be an effective and affordable way to restore your smile. Typically for this treatment, your dentist will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap to receive crowns; your dentist will then design a porcelain bridge with crowns on either end to anchor the bridge. As in the case of dental crowns, your crown and bridge treatment will leave you with a naturally appearing smile. Alternatively, you may decide to have a dental implant to retain an implant crown, or in the case of multiple missing teeth, to support a multi-unit implant bridge. Implant treatment is longer lasting, more stable, and in the long term likely to cost less than repeated crown and bridge treatment.
If you have a weakened tooth due to excessive wear, a crack, a large cavity or Root Canal Treatment, a crown may be the most effective way to treat it. A dental crown in its simplest form is a tooth-shaped top of cap that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, function, and appearance. The crown fully encases the visible part of the tooth that is above the gum line. The most appropriate crown material used in a patient is often determined by an individual’s bite and aesthetic considerations. Crowns are usually made of all porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. All crowns are custom designed, your dentist will make sure the shape, fit, and appearance of your crown are optimal to your smile. If you have lost a tooth or if a tooth is determined to be too unhealthy to crown, your dentist can replace the tooth with an implant-supported crown.
We advise our patients to consider the benefits of restoring their missing teeth or severely diseased teeth with implants. Dental implants are prosthetic tooth roots that not only restore biting strength but also are the longest lasting treatment for filling in your smile. We recommend replacement of missing and severely damaged teeth with implant retained restorations because they are successful and long lasting. When your crown or multi-tooth bridge is implant retained, your smile will appear natural. Your teeth will function normally with full biting strength and your bridge or denture will not slip. Dental implant treatment to replace missing teeth does not involve modification of adjacent healthy teeth to hold a bridge or denture in place. Dental implants conserve bone tissue by stimulating bone growth and halting the progression of bone resorption that occurs when natural tooth roots are lost. If you are in need of a full denture on your upper and/or lower arch, you will find you can eat all of your favorites foods once they are implant retained. You will enjoy total freedom from adhesives, and you will always smile with confidence. With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, your dental implant replaced teeth can last the rest of your life.