Crowns and Bridges
A crown aims to save and protect an existing tooth that has been damaged by trauma or decay. In cases where the tooth has undergone root canal treatment, a crown is recommended to strengthen the tooth once the nerve has been removed.
A bridge is similar to a crown .A fixed bridge replaces one or more teeth by anchoring crowns on the teeth on either side of the space and attaching artificial teeth to them. This "bridge" is then cemented into place.
Crowns and bridges are made from porcelain and or alloy. The porcelain is made to match your natural teeth colour and is resistant to staining. Alloy provides the crown with strength, hardness and durability, which is most useful for molars because they are used for crushing and grinding.
On your first visit, our dentist will take an impression of your teeth with a putty type material for record keeping. Then your teeth will be painlessly reshaped by one to two millimeters to make room for either the crown or bridge, and a second impression is taken. This impression is then sent to a lab where a dental technician will make the crown or bridge.
On your second visit, the crown or bridge is then cemented into place. The dentist may need to make minor, painless adjustments to make the crown or bridge more comfortable once it has been fitted.