Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are designed to completely cover your tooth. They provide strength, and restore the tooth to its natural appearance and function. Crowns are a great solution for teeth that have been broken, or weakened by large fillings, or fractures. Bridges are a method of replacing a missing tooth by using the adjacent teeth to provide the support. They can replace one or several teeth and come in various materials and designs. Bridges are ideal where implant surgery is not possible or not desired.
Crowns can restore a tooth that has become non-functional due to wear, breakage or caries. They strengthen teeth that have become vulnerable due to large fillings or cracked tooth syndrome. They provide protection to root canal treated teeth.
Bridges allow you to replace a missing tooth without needing implant surgery. The treatment time is also much shorter than for implants, with some bridges being provided within a two week period.
There are numerous materials available for crowns and bridges, ranging from full gold, to porcelain bonded to metal, to full porcelain, with further options within each category. Our professsional team of dentists will explain the pros, cons, costs and risks of each type to help you make your choice.
Our dentist will proceed to prepare the teeth for crowning or bridge abutments under local anaesthetic. Preparation involves trimming and shaping the tooth to make it the ideal shape for the crown to come. An impression will be taken of the prepared tooth or teeth, the opposite jaw and the interrelationship. This will be sent to our lab along with detailed shading and design information for them to fabricate your crown or bridge. It takes one to two weeks for the lab to fabricate your crown or bridge. Your will be provided with a temporary prosthesis while you wait.
Upon return we will check the prosthesis for fit and occlusion before cementing it into place. Minor adjustments may be required at the final fit.
Fees for crown and bridge work varies greatly depending upon design and material choice. We encourage you to meet with our dentist for a consultation, and discussion of your particular needs and treatment costs.
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Other Restorative Services
Tooth Surface Loss
Tooth surface loss (TSL) can occur due to acid erosion of teeth, abrasion from hard substances – nuts, ice, or aggressive toothbrushing, and attrition-the wear caused by parafunctional tooth contact.
Crowns & Bridges
Crowns are a great solution for teeth that have been broken, or weakened by large fillings, or fractures; and, ridges are a method of replacing a missing tooth by using the adjacent teeth to provide the support.
Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are fabricated in the lab. Inlays act as stronger, more durable versions of fillings, especially when restoring particularly large cavities. Onlays are a way to protect the occlusal surface of a tooth in situations where a full crown is not necessary.
Removable dentures are a solution to replace missing teeth. They may be placed in a jaw where some teeth remain, or fully replace all the teeth in an arch. They are either an interim treatment in preparation for bridging or implants, or can be the final treatment itself.