Westridge Dental is experienced in a variety of treatments that involve crowns and bridges. Our team is highly skilled in measuring and fitting prosthetics and ensuring they are comfortable and look good too.
What are Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges?
Crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. This means they are cemented or bonded onto existing teeth and can only be removed by a dentist. They are not like dentures which have to be removed from the mouth to be cleaned.
A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth and making it more functional, a crown can improve its appearance, shape or alignment.
Porcelain or ceramic crowns are matched to the colour of your natural teeth but you can also have crowns made from gold, metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic materials. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth.
Your dentist may recommend a crown to:
• Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
• Restore a fractured tooth or prevent a weak tooth from fracturing
• Attach a bridge
• Cover a dental implant post
• Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
• Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you might like to consider a bridge. Apart from being unsightly, gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges are commonly used to replace teeth and span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments.
Bridges are made from a variety of materials as with crowns. Your dentist can help you decide what material is best for you.