Dental crowns and bridges fit over injured, discolored, or cracked teeth, or fill the space resulting after dental extractions and protect the teeth from further injuries or damages.
Consult South Hill Dentist in Vancouver for an expert opinion about whether dental crowns or bridges could be the right solution for you.
Crowns are used to restore teeth that have been broken or are at high risk of doing so due to decaying fillings or fractures, and will look and feel similar to your real teeth.
Crowns (also called caps) are typically constructed from noble alloys or porcelain and are needed if a significant portion of the tooth is missing. Usually, extensive decay, injury, or root canal therapy are the situations where a crown is recommended.
During your first visit, our dentists will prepare your tooth structure and then take an impression of the prepared tooth, make a temporary crown to place on the tooth, and send the impression to a dental laboratory to fabricate the crown. At your next visit, we will try-in the crown to ensure a good fit and then cement the crown in place.
When the procedure is finished, the crown will blend seamlessly with your teeth, return the strength that you need for comfortable oral function, and restore your all-white smile.
Bridges are fixed, or non-removable, prosthesis constructed to replace one or more missing teeth.
The teeth on both sides of the existing space are used to attach the bridge to restore functionality and aesthetics. Materials used for this process are noble alloys, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal.
A dental bridge can serve several purposes including:
Bridges are indicated whenever at least one tooth is missing. A bridge is composed of abutments and pontics. Abutments are the supports for the bridge and consist of crowns placed on the teeth surrounding the empty space. The pontics are special crowns that span across the empty space and connect to the abutments.
When teeth are prepared for a bridge, the abutments are prepared for crowns just as described in crowns. We will then take an impression of the prepared teeth, make a temporary bridge or crowns to place on the teeth to protect them and maintain their positions, and send the impression to a dental laboratory to fabricate the bridge. At your next visit with South Hill Dentist, we will try-in the bridge to ensure a good fit and then cement the bridge in place.
If you have missing teeth, the teeth around them and on the opposite arch can begin to drift out of place. Teeth that drift out of position:
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