Why Repair Dental Damage with Dental Crowns and Bridges?
We use dental crowns and bridges to professionally repair damaged teeth at our Urban Smiles Colwood dental clinic.
Crowns, which are also known as dental crowns or dental caps, are the most popular way of fixing damaged teeth. When we combine multiple crowns with your natural teeth, we create dental bridges. We use both crowns and bridges to repair teeth.
These treatment options serve to address the three main problems that occur with broken teeth. The three problems with broken, cracked, or chipped teeth are the vulnerability, functionality, and aesthetic value.
First, in order to prevent infection when your teeth are vulnerable, it is essential to quickly seal up the damage with crowns and bridges. The second challenge with damaged teeth is that they are no longer able to perform their core function, which is to chew and help you digest your food. Teeth are designed to tear and break down food, making it essential that as we treat them. We will provide you with an excellent chewing device and an undamaged chewing surface on one or multiple teeth with the help of crowns and bridges.
Finally, it is important for people to look good and smile confidently. We know that a confident smile cannot happen with broken, cracked, chipped, or damaged teeth. To that end, having us place a crown or bridge will give a patient back the aesthetic value of his or her teeth.
What are Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
How do Dental Crowns Work?
A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.
Your Urban Smiles Colwood dentist may recommend a crown to:
- 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
How Do Dental Bridges Work?
A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the colour of your natural teeth.
Tips to Maintain Your Dental Crown or Bridge
A dental crown or bridge is a significant investment made for the health of your mouth. Most dental crowns “last” (meaning they do not require any further dental work on the tooth) anywhere from five to fifteen years. The lifespan varies narrowly based on the material of the crown and widely based on patient care and maintenance.
In order to promote a long lifespan for your dental crown, you must fight cavities by performing great oral hygiene at home and seeing us consistently for professional teeth cleanings, check-ups, and topical fluoride treatments to help strengthen the teeth. This is true for promoting the lifespan of any dental work.
Another common factor in the lifespan of dental crowns or bridges is breakage from heavy forces. If you exhibit signs of clenching and/or grinding your teeth while you sleep, we will likely prescribe a protective mouthguard for you to wear at night.