Bridges & Crowns
Do you think you might require a bridge or crown to optimize the strength and health of your tooth or teeth? Our dentists at Uptowne Dental Centre in Toronto can help.
What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is utilized to close or ‘bridge’ the gap that is caused by missing teeth. A bridge is permanently cemented to the natural teeth or implants on the sides of the missing tooth or teeth.
What is the Purpose of a Dental Bridge?
- Restore the aesthetic appearance of your smile
- Restore ability to chew
- Restore ability to speak
- Maintain the shape of your jaw(s) and face
- Prevent the movement of the remaining natural teeth
The Dental Bridge Procedure
The dental bridge procedure may involve one or more visits to your dentist. During your first visit, the abutment teeth, meaning the teeth to which the bridge will be fixed, are prepared to have a crown attached to them.
Next, an impression of your teeth will be made and will be used as a model for your bridge. At your next visit, once the model of the bridge has been constructed, your permanent bridge will be fitted and will be checked for a proper and comfortable fit.
The procedure may require another visit to ensure that the bridge is continuing to fit properly.
What are Dental Crowns?
A dental crown is a cap, similar to the shape and colour of your tooth that is placed over the tooth to restore its shape and size and to enhance its strength and overall aesthetic appearance.
What is the Purpose of a Dental Crown?
- Protect a weak tooth from breaking or cracking
- Restore a broken tooth or worn-down tooth
- Cover a tooth that has been affected by severe decay
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover a dental implant
- Enhance the cosmetic appearance of a tooth
The Dental Crown Procedure
The procedure for a dental crown usually involves two separate visits to your dentist. Upon your first visit, the dentist will examine and prepare your tooth.
Before placing the crown, your tooth will be numbed and filed down to make room for the placement of the crown. After your tooth has been reshaped, your dentist will then take a mould of the tooth in order to create a properly fitted crown that will not impact your bite.
The mould will then be sent to a lab where the crown will be created. Upon your second visit, the dentist will place and cement your permanent dental crown.