Crown & Bridge: Which Option Is Best For You?

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·         Rejuvenate your smile

·         Replace missing teeth

·         Eliminate bite and temperature sensitivity

·         Restore chewing function to an area with a missing tooth

·         Prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.

Every one of your natural teeth is meant to help you eat and grin effectively, but at Lifetime Dental at Sevenoaks, we know that life happens, and sometimes natural teeth require involved restorative treatments to keep them looking great. Here’s where crowns and bridges provide a fantastic way to prevent damage, minimize the risk of extensive and potentially expensive dental work, and even extraction.

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 front vertically and horizontally, creating additional spaces. This can have a snowball effect that can change the appearance of your smile, jawline, and 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 gumline. When a damaged tooth requires protection, a prosthetic crown can be constructed with gold, stainless steel, or porcelain. Each of these materials is durable and effective, and can last for 10 years or more when cared for with diligent, daily 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 complete, we will cement the crown in place, and your smile with function and look just as it was designed to.

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 teeth and prevents damage to surrounding teeth that can be caused by overuse.

Because there are a variety of bridges available, we’ll discuss options with you that will offer your unique smile the ideal solution. 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. Have questions? We’ll happily walk you through how to best care for both crowns and bridges.

If you’re considering a crown and bridge, get in touch with us today. We’d love to answer any questions you have!