Crowns Fit for a Queen or King
Are you in need of dental crowns? Our office can help restore your smile if you need to cover up teeth that are damaged, cracked, or broken. Many patients wish they could cap those teeth that are misshapen and broken after years of use. The good news is that there’s never been a better time to do just that!
What are Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Dental crowns are a type of fixed prosthetic restoration designed to protect a broken-down tooth. If a tooth has had a root canal, in many cases, it should have a crown to protect it long-term. In the past, many dentists created crowns that were made from gold or metal alloys. However, it is more common today to see dental crowns that are made of ceramic (porcelain)
or zirconia, which can be matched in shape and shade to the surrounding teeth. These porcelain and zirconia crowns will not appear grey over time or show any metal and will always appear to look natural.
Crowns are ideal for teeth that have been fractured or are at serious risk of fracturing. They may also serve as a sturdy replacement for a tooth that requires a large filling with very little of the natural tooth left. Of course, you can also use this treatment for cosmetic restorations like covering a dental implant or correcting a tooth you do not like the shape or color of.
Bridges are typically recommended for patients who are missing a tooth or multiple teeth as an alternative for dental implants. They are custom-made to span the gap and improve the appearance of your smile. A bridge is attached to natural teeth or implants on either side of the gap. These adjacent teeth are modified to make room for the support for the bridge, and then
the entire bridge is fitted into place. Although implants would be a better choice for tooth replacement bridges sometimes can serve as a good alternative for numerous reasons.
How Are Crowns and Bridges Made?
First, the tooth that is going to receive the crown or bridge is reduced in size so that the crown or bridge can fit perfectly over the top of it. Then, since we have the latest and most sophisticated equipment (called an intra-oral digital scanner), we will scan your tooth structure without the use of impression material in your mouth. This makes the appointment a lot more
comfortable for our patients, less time consuming, and accomplishing a more accurate outcome. The digital scan file will get sent to our dental laboratory who will then prepare the final product in just a few days. While you wait for the lab to fabricate your permanent crown or bridge, we will provide you with a temporary crown or bridge to prevent damage to the
natural tooth. The temporary crown or bridge is removed when the final crown comes in, it is then cemented to the tooth.
Very rarely, but when absolutely necessary, or requested by the patient, we can still take a traditional impression (mold) of your teeth with impression material, and proceed to make your crown or bridge that way.
Care and Maintenance
Just like your natural teeth you will need to maintain the same good care for your crowns and bridges. Brushing, flossing and coming in for regular cleanings and check-ups are a must.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you have a damaged tooth that requires restoration, you don’t need to wait another minute to have it repaired. Don’t risk doing more damage to your smile. Be sure to give East Kildonan Dental a call today to book your appointment. Visit us in the downtown Winnipeg area and let our experienced dental team walk you through all of your options!