Have you had a root canal? Do you have a missing tooth? A large or broken filling? Had an accident that left your teeth chipped, damaged or missing? Good news! A beautiful, complete smile is just a visit or two away! Crowns and bridges are great options for restoring smiles and replacing or protecting missing or damaged teeth. Visit Essence Dental in Aurora for dental crowns and bridges to complete and protect your smile and allow you to speak and eat comfortably and confidently with virtually indistinguishable restorations.
Understanding Crowns and Bridges
In cases where a tooth has large areas of decay or old defective fillings, or when a tooth has been weakened due to the need for a root canal treatment, a dental crown is recommended. A crown is a protective cap or cover that fits over the top of a prepared tooth. They are usually tooth coloured (though there is a variety of material options) and contoured to match the rest of your dentition.
At your first visit, the tooth is cleaned, the decay is removed and the tooth is shaped and prepared. A temporary crown is placed while the final restoration is prepared at a laboratory. At a second appointment, the final restoration is placed. A dental crown may last up to 10 years or even more depending on your oral health.
Bridges are commonly used to replace missing teeth, especially in cases where adjacent teeth may also be in need of repair. They are essentially two or more dental crowns (called retainers) with one or more artificial teeth (called pontics) between them. Once secured into place, bridges function much like your regular dentition, though they do require regular cleaning to ensure they will last you a long time.