Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and most Bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. They are used to replace lost teeth, support remaining teeth and ultimately improve your oral health. Unlike Dentures, which can be taken out and cleaned daily, Crowns and Bridges can only be removed by a dentist.
Dr. Terry Papneja and his team at AXIS Dental Group have over 30 years of Dental Crown and Tooth Bridge experience. We also offer the latest in treatment options, including CEREC Crowns, which can be completed in only one day!
How Dental Crowns Work
A dental crown is a ‘cap’ that’s used to cover a damaged, weakened or a root canal tooth. Besides strengthening and restoring a damaged tooth by providing additional support, a crown can similarly be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape or alignment.
Dental Crowns can also be placed on top of a Dental Implant to create a tooth-like shape and structure that provides for a more functional tooth. Porcelain or ceramic Dental Crowns are popular because they can be made to match the colour of your natural teeth. Other materials that are used include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it’s both strong and attractive.
At AXIS Dental Group, we recommend Dental Crowns to the following patients:
- Replace a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a Bridge
- Cover a dental Implant
- Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
Find out if you’re a candidate for a Crown treatment by contacting our office to setup an appointment for a free consultation.
How Tooth Bridges Work
A Bridge is required if you're missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth can eventually cause your remaining teeth to shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite and other jaw ailments. This imbalance can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges span the space of the missing teeth and are cemented or anchored to the adjacent natural teeth. The replacement teeth are then attached to the Crowns that cover the natural teeth.
Much like Crowns, you have a choice of materials for your Bridge work. At AXIS Dental Group, we can help you decide which material is best based on the location of the missing tooth, its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Note that both porcelain and ceramic Bridges can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth.
Learn more by contacting us to find out if Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges are the right treatment option for you.