If you have a tooth that can no longer hold a filling, you don’t have to lose your tooth entirely. Gateway Dentistry Group may be able restore the strength and function of your teeth with a dental crown or bridge. Used for a long-lasting correction of major dental problems, crowns usually last for 20 to 30 years, which is as close to permanent as any dental treatment can get. This is an extremely reliable technique for covering and saving teeth damaged by stress or decay. If a filling won’t save your tooth, ask your dentist if a crown will.
Dental bridges are a solution for lost teeth when dentures or implants are not possible. If you have lost one or more teeth, you may be aware of how important replacing them is to your appearance and dental health. Fortunately, dental bridges are a versatile solution for correcting tooth loss. Gateway Dentistry Group invites you to visit us and consult your dentist about dental crowns and bridges at our Grande Prairie clinic.
Your dentist may recommend dental crowns because of these benefits:
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Fitting a bridge or crown requires at least two office visits to your dentist in Grande Prairie. At the first appointment, your dentist will prepare the teeth. Since the crown must be constructed very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing teeth, your dentist also needs to take impressions of your teeth. The impressions are sent to the lab that will fabricate your new crown. Your dentist will create a temporary crown that protects your teeth and gums while your permanent crown is being fabricated.
On your next visit, we will remove the temporary crown and then fit and adjust the final crown if necessary. Finally, we will cement the crown into place, and you will have a functional and natural looking tooth. You may need follow-up visits to check the fit and your bite.
Dental bridges are prepared and fabricated in this same manner, just involving more teeth.
Many people have unexplained pain in their back teeth. This often comes from hairline cracks in the centre part of teeth that they chew with. Placing crowns on these teeth relieves the pain and allows the teeth to function normally. Older fillings can both weaken the teeth and cause appearance problems due to staining or chipping. A crown will better absorb the pressure of chewing and looks more natural than the silver amalgam filling usually used on molars. In teeth with root canal and fillings, crowns can prevent breakage
Your crown can be fabricated from porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to gold. Consult with your dentist about your individual dental crowns since the materials are recommended on a case-by-case basis. White crowns are natural looking and strong, but gold can last a long time with the right care.
A recent innovation in crowns is the use of zirconia, a type of crystal that can be made into all-ceramic crowns. Zirconia is translucent and natural looking so it works well to cover stained or disfigured teeth. Zirconia lasts a long time, and is used in artificial joints because it strong and compatible with the human body. Ask your dentist about zirconia when you need a new crown.
A dental bridge literally bridges the spaces left by missing teeth. Bridges are made by placing crowns on the two teeth on either side of the space and filling that space with one or more false teeth. The crowns act as anchors, and a false tooth replaces the lost tooth in between to complete the bridge. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional.
Being able to chew normally and improving your appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older. Missing teeth can also cause speech disorders as we use them to speak clearly. A bridge helps both your looks and speech by supporting your lips and cheeks. Of course, replacing missing teeth allows you to eat the nutritious foods you enjoy.
Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders. Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.
Bridges can be constructed from porcelain fused to precious gold alloy or non-precious metal. There are a variety of materials besides porcelain for your crowns and artificial teeth. Consult with your dentist about your options according to your particular dental needs and budget.
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. Keeping your remaining teeth strong and healthy is critically important since the bridge relies on those teeth for support.
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