Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns and dental bridges two different ways in which damaged or missing teeth can be repaired or replaced.
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a tooth-like structure, which is used to cover a damaged tooth.
It provides the damaged tooth with structure and support. It will also improve the appearance of the damaged tooth and its alignment with the surrounding teeth. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant, or used to cover a tooth that has had a root canal.
How does a dental bridge differ from a crown?
Dental bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth.
While a crown attaches to and provides structure and support to one single tooth, dental bridges attach to each of the remaining natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth to "bridge" the gap between them. While creating an aesthetically pleasing result, one of the functions of a bridge is to improve the function of the teeth.
Are there any other benefits to bridges?
Yes, aside from improving the aesthetics and function of your smile, a bridge also operates as a space maintainer, preventing your natural teeth from shifting or rotating into the space created by the missing teeth.
It is critical to prevent teeth from shifting into open space as it can lead to serious problems such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and gum disease.
What materials can crowns and bridges be constructed from?
Crowns and bridges can be constructed from many different materials, including ceramic, porcelain, gold, metal alloys, and acrylic.
At Downtown Dental of Hamilton, our capable team has extensive experience with crowns and bridges and would be pleased to explain the benefits of each material and help you select the material that is right for you.
Are crowns and bridges removable?
Crowns and bridges are cemented into place. Unlike dentures which need to be removed for daily cleaning, crowns and bridges are not removable and with proper care, can last you a lifetime.
Do crowns and bridges require special maintenance?
Not really. You will clean your crown and bridge as you normally care for your natural teeth. As with your natural teeth, daily flossing, brushing, regular check-ups and professional cleanings are necessary to maintain optimal dental health.