Dental Crowns & Bridges in Abbotsford
Every one of your natural teeth is meant to help you eat and grin effectively, but at Lifetime Dental at Sevenoaks, we know that sometimes natural teeth require involved restorative treatments to keep them looking great. Here’s where crowns and bridges provide a fantastic way to fill the space a missing tooth leaves behind while also protecting the teeth that surround it.
What happens to your mouth when you lose a tooth?
It’s likely that during your adult life, you may lose a tooth because of decay, injury, or gum disease. As a result, chewing forces are likely to shift vertically and horizontally, creating additional spaces. This can have a snowball effect that can change the appearance of your smile, jawline, and your face overall. Teeth that are not replaced can also cause wrinkles and lines to form, initiating the look of premature aging. Bone loss will also occur in your jaw.
As a dentist in Abbotsford, our focus is on helping you smile with confidence, and repairing your smile with crowns and/or bridges is an effective way to accomplish this.
What is a dental crown?
A crown is the area of your tooth that sits above the gum line. When a damaged tooth requires protection, a prosthetic crown can be constructed with porcelain, stainless steel, or even gold. Each of these materials is durable and effective, and has the potential to last for 10 years or more when cared for with diligent hygiene habits.
In terms of how it’s placed, we will prepare the tooth and our laboratory technicians will create a customized crown that will look and function like your natural tooth. Once crafted and ready to place, we will test its fit and once we’ve confirmed it looks and feels great, you’ll be able to chew and smile as you normally would.
What is a dental bridge?
Closing the gap created by one or more extracted teeth, this restorative procedure uses a combination of crowns and artificial teeth to restore your smile. It also helps even the workload amongst your surrounding teeth and prevents damage that can be caused by overuse.
Because there are a variety of bridges available, we’ll discuss options that will meet your unique needs. And, as with crowns, when you’re dedicated to caring for your teeth on a daily basis, a bridge should last for 10 years or more.
What’s the best way to care for crowns and bridges?
Along with brushing twice and flossing once daily, you need to focus on the areas you can’t see. Where the crown of your tooth meets the root of your tooth – near or at the gumline – this “margin” often has a small ridge that requires careful cleaning as plaque and bacteria are known to gather here. Should even a small amount of decay develop below your crown, it can grow without intervention since normal radiographs aren’t able to see through a crown. This highlights the importance of an excellent homecare routine.
If you’re considering a crown and bridge, get in touch with us today. We’d love to answer any questions you have!
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- Rejuvenate your smile
- Replace missing teeth
- Prevent adjacent teeth from shifting
- Restore chewing function to an area with a missing tooth