If you have missing or damaged teeth, bridges and crowns are an excellent alternative to dentures. These fixed prosthetics are cemented onto the patient's existing teeth, and can only be removed by a dentist.
We'll often recommend a bridge if one or more teeth are missing. Even if you're not bothered by missing teeth, the resulting gaps can lead to serious issues over time. That's because the remaining teeth can shift into the empty spaces, which can cause chewing problems and a bad bite. Jaw dysfunction and gum disease are also possible if missing teeth aren't replaced.
Meanwhile, a dental crown is used to cover or 'cap' a damaged tooth. It helps to restore the tooth's overall shape, size and strength. A crown offers added flexibility because it can even be placed on top of a dental implant, allowing for improved function.
At Guelph Family Dentistry, we treat bridge and crown work like art. Our dentists are skilled at performing treatments that require precision and attention to detail. These customized devices are created and fitted just for you. So before you settle for dentures, consider a bridge or crown from Guelph Family Dentistry instead.
A dental bridge, literally, 'bridges' the gap between missing teeth. A bridge consists of two or more crowns on either side of the gap. These anchoring teeth are called abutments, and they contain a false tooth in between. Dental bridges are always supported by natural teeth or implants -- they never exist as a standalone prosthetic.
Bridges are created to match the colour, height, texture and overall appearance of your teeth. They typically last many years, eliminating the need to replace them unless they become loose or fall out. Prolong the life of your dental bridge by practicing good oral hygiene and visiting Guelph Family Dentistry regularly for check-ups and cleanings.
Often used for aesthetic purposes, a dental crown can improve the shape, alignment and appearance of teeth. They're usually made of porcelain or ceramic.
Here are some reasons why we may recommend a crown:
Restore and protect a tooth that is worn, decayed, cracked, or broken
Protect and support a tooth after a very large filling or root canal treatment
Cover a dental implant
Hold a dental bridge or other prosthetic devices in place
Improve your smile by covering a misshapen or severely discoloured tooth
At Guelph Family Dentistry, crowning a tooth will usually take two visits. That's because during the first visit, our team will prepare your tooth to receive the dental crown. Afterwards, we'll take impressions of the teeth and send them to a lab so your customized device can be made.
At Guelph Family Dentistry, we don't believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. Our team is passionate about restoring your oral health and providing customized treatment options that suit your unique needs.
Proudly serving the city of Guelph and its surrounding communities, we work hard to ensure each patient receives highly-individualized care. Whether you require dental implants or a simple crown to cover a cracked tooth, rely on Guelph Family Dentistry to take care of you and your loved ones.
For more information on dental bridges and crowns, call Guelph Family Dentistry at 1-888-250-8819 or contact us here.