Crowns & Bridges
Crowns & bridges are fixed dental devices. At The Accolade Dental Centre in Yorkville, our dentists may use dental bridges to replace missing teeth, and dental crowns to cover and entire tooth (like a tooth cap).
How Do Dental Crowns Work?
Dental crowns cover the whole tooth – restoring its function and protecting it from further damage.
Crowns can be made of a variety of materials, depending on the tooth they are covering. Ceramic and porcelain crowns can be made to match the colour of your natural teeth.
For back teeth, a stronger metal alloy may be recommended to withstand the pressures of chewing.
Why might my dentist recommend a dental crown?
- To cover a damaged, cracked or broken tooth, or to prevent a tooth from cracking
- To replace an old filling if there isn’t enough tooth left for a new filling
- To cover a dental implant
- To cover a misshapen tooth, improve both the appearance and function of the tooth
- To cover a tooth that has had a root canal
- To attach a bridge
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At The Accolade Dental Centre we also offer CEREC – a specialized technology that allows our dentists to create a crown in one appointment, eliminating the need for a temporary crown and a second appointment. Learn more about the CEREC technology offered at our Yorkdale dental clinic.
How Do Dental Bridges Work?
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth.
Missing teeth are not just a cosmetic issue.
It’s important to replace missing teeth because they can cause your remaining teeth to shift and affect the alignment and function of your teeth and can lead to gum disease and TMJ issues.
A bridge can replace a section of missing teeth, it is cemented to either the natural teeth on either side of the space, or to dental implants or crowns.
Like crowns, dental bridges can be made of a variety of materials.
Your dentist will discuss your options with you and help you make the best choice considering the location, function, aesthetics and cost.
What happens when I get a dental crown or bridge?
If your dentist has determined that a dental crown or bridge is needed, they will discuss the treatment plan and after care with you.
In order to attach a crown or bridge, the existing tooth needs to be prepared – by reducing the size so that the crown or bridge will fit.
Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will take an impression of the teeth so that a custom crown or bridge can be created.
They then place a temporary crown or bridge to protect the area until the custom crown or bridge is ready.
Then, at a second appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown or bridge and cement the final one in place.