Crowns and bridges are dental prosthetics used to restore or replace teeth.
Crowns (also known as caps) are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that replace or restore damaged teeth. They cover surfaces of natural tooth structures or dental implants.
Bridges can be an option for replacing missing teeth. They fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place by the natural teeth or implants next to the missing teeth. Both crowns and bridges are non-removable and must be cemented in place by a licensed dentist. Patients who get crown or bridges to restore their smiles achieve both the function and appearance of natural, healthy teeth.
Did you know…
that the Etruscan civilization were the first to use crowns as a means of restoring damaged teeth? In fact, the materials they used – ivory, gold, and bones – were still the standard in dentistry as recently as the 20th century, when porcelain crowns were first invented.
Today, crowns and bridges are customized specifically for the patient’s bite and are usually be placed in two dental visits.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a crown or bridge right for me?
If you have a tooth that is damaged or decayed, but has sufficient remaining structure, a dental crown may be right for you.
If your tooth is missing, but it’s position is surrounded by teeth or implants on both sides of it, a bridge may be the solution for you. Schedule an office consultation to determine whether you could benefit from crowns or bridges.
What should I expect when I have my crown or bridge placed?
If you are a candidate for a crown or bridge, your teeth will be shaped to ensure that there is enough space for the restoring material. An impression of the tooth will then be taken and used to fabricate a mould for the crown or bridge. You will be fitted with a temporary restoration until the permanent one is ready for placement at a second appointment. If you are choosing a restoration with porcelain, a shade match is done to the colour of your other teeth.
Do I need to follow any post-treatment care guidelines?
Your teeth will need time to heal following the crown and bridge placement process, so it is normal for you to experience some hot and cold sensitivity. Additionally, you may experience soreness in the gums initially, though this is usually manageable over the counter pain medications. You should notify the dentist if the tooth is sensitive when you bite.