Whether you’re missing a tooth from a sports accident or you have decaying teeth from improper oral hygiene, your dentist has several ways to help. Meadow Ridge Dental Centre offers dental bridges and crowns in Maple Ridge to solve these problems.
Bridges and crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented to existing teeth or implants to fill gaps from missing teeth and cover damage on decaying teeth. These devices help strengthen damaged teeth, help improve the appearance of teeth and help promote proper alignment of your bite. With dental bridges and crowns, your dentist at Meadow Ridge Dental Centre can restore your smile.
How Dental Crowns Work
Crowns are used to cover damaged teeth in order to improve their appearance, shape or alignment. Dental crowns are commonly made of porcelain or ceramic, which can be made to match the colour of your existing teeth.
Getting dental crowns at our Maple Ridge clinic will allow you to:
While crowns are used as stand-alone devices to cover dental damage, they can also be used in conjunction with other devices, such as implants, to fill gaps in your smile.
How Dental Bridges Work
Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth, which is important because gaps in your smile can cause more than problems with your appearance. A gap in your teeth will eventually lead to shifting of your remaining teeth, which causes a misaligned bite. This misalignment can lead to many issues, including:
Dental bridges consist of several parts in order to span the space where your teeth are missing. Crowns are cemented onto natural teeth (abutments) or implants around an empty space. Replacement teeth (pontics) are then attached to the crowns to fill the gap.
How Dental Crowns & Bridges Are Made
In order to get a dental crown or bridge, the tooth it is to be placed upon must be reduced in size so the device will fit properly. After the tooth has been reduced, your dentist will take an impression which is the mould for the crown or bridge. While the impression goes to a lab to create the device, you receive a temporary crown or bridge to protect your prepared tooth. When the permanent device is ready, your temporary crown or bridge is removed and the permanent one is cemented into place.
Dental bridges and crowns can last a lifetime, but it is possible for them to become loose or fall out. In order to ensure a long-lasting crown or bridge, you need to practice good oral hygiene. It’s equally important for you to brush and floss with these dental devices as it is with your natural teeth.
Contact Our Dental Team
If you’re missing teeth or have damaged and decayed teeth in your smile, contact us. Getting dental bridges or crowns from our Maple Ridge clinic can help restore your smile, improve the appearance of your teeth and prevent various dental issues. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.