Porcelain Bridges and Crowns
As you age, your smile naturally ages. The most noticeable problems occur when you have old fillings, tooth decay, cracked or missing teeth. Sometimes you may even develop black lines around your old crowns (also called caps). These changes can have a significant impact on the health and function of your smile, not to mention your appearance.
Crowns and bridgework, also known as restorative dentistry, involve restoring natural teeth that have been damaged, decayed or lost. Crowns and bridges can correct missing teeth, bite dysfunction, and or structural problems. A crown restores an individual tooth back to its original form and function, while a bridge replaces one or more missing teeth.
You will be excited to know that we create long lasting, durable porcelain crowns and bridges that look natural and are virtually undetectable. We offer porcelain crowns to restore both front and back teeth. We offer porcelain bridges to replace missing teeth and may be able to replace your old partial denture – eliminating the need to clean a removable appliance every night. Made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth, these porcelain restorations will give you a long-lasting beautiful smile.
A porcelain crown is used to cover and strengthen individual teeth that are structurally weakened. It protects the entire surface of the tooth, restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown can be used as a solution when the surface of the tooth is a problem but the root is still healthy. We may recommend a crown if your tooth is fractured, has an old or cannot hold a new filling, is severely damaged by cavities, or is in danger of cracking down into the root if left untreated.
Porcelain crowns not only strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure; they also help keep your jaw and bite aligned. Older crowns do not last forever, and start to leak over time, leading to cavities underneath the crown. Today’s technology is so advanced that you may want to consider replacing your old, leaking crowns with new natural looking ones. We carefully match the colour of your porcelain crowns so that they blend with your natural teeth.
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. During your first visit, we will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface. Next, we will take impressions from which the crown is made. A temporary crown is placed until the permanent one is ready.
Within two weeks, you will return to have your temporary crown removed and your new crown placed. The porcelain crown will protect your tooth from further decay, but you must protect the base of the crown from bacterial growth and gum disease. As with all procedures, proper home care and regular dental visits will help prolong the life of your new crown.
A porcelain bridge is a custom device that is anchored to neighboring teeth to replace one or more missing teeth. When a lost tooth is replaced with a bridge, the teeth on either side of the missing one are prepared as crowns to hold the artificial replacement tooth in place. Porcelain material is the most popular choice because it is durable and maintains the natural look of your smile.
When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can drift out of position, which can lead to a change in your bite, the loss of additional teeth, decay and gum disease. To reduce these risks to your dental health, we recommend the placement of a bridge when tooth loss occurs. Porcelain bridges restore your chewing and speaking ability, and cosmetically restore your smile by maintaining your facial shape. Bridgework gives you a more youthful appearance, allowing you to smile with confidence.
Bridges are a permanent treatment. Today’s technology is so advanced that you may want to consider upgrading your old bridge with a new, more natural looking one. We carefully match the colour so that it blends with your natural teeth. In addition to replacing removable dentures, bridges can be used instead of implants.
A bridge procedure usually requires two appointments. During your first visit, we will prepare the teeth on either side of the missing tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface. Next, we will take impressions from which the bridge is made. A temporary bridge is placed until the permanent one is ready.
Within two weeks, you will return to have your temporary bridge removed and your new bridge placed. The porcelain bridge will protect your teeth from problems stemming from missing teeth. As with all procedures, proper home care and regular dental visits will help prolong the life of your new bridge.
- Long-Lasting Results
Porcelain crowns and bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need to be replaced over time. As with all procedures, proper home care and regular dental visits will help prolong the life of your new crown or bridge.