Whether due to injury or infection, a tooth may get damaged or have to be extracted. An effective option to improve the look of a smile is with dental crowns and bridges. These are both prosthetic devices which, unlike dentures, are fixed onto existing teeth or implants.
Wondering if a dental crown in Vancouver, BC is the right option? Our Vancouver dental crown dentist often recommends them:
Considering a dental crown in CA? For a crown to be placed, the tooth must first be filed down to make room for it. The tooth and surrounding gum tissue will be anesthetized (numbed) before work begins. Any decay on the tooth will also be removed. Once enough of the tooth has been filed away, impressions will be taken of the tooth and sent to a dental lab for the crown to be created. A temporary crown will be placed until the permanent one is ready. During a second appointment, the permanent crown will be fitted onto the tooth, where the dentist will make any adjustments necessary, then cement it into place.
Bridges are used to replace one or more teeth. Leaving a gap in the teeth without filling it can allow the remaining teeth to move around into the empty space or rotate. If this happens, it can result in a bad bite or the development of gum disease or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.
A bridge is made up of a false tooth, called the pontic, being held in place by two anchoring teeth called abutment teeth. Like crowns, bridges are also created in a dental lab. To place a bridge, the abutment teeth must first be prepared. This process follows the procedure for placing a crown, in that the teeth will be filed down and impressions will be taken to have the dental bridge created. The dentist will place a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth and gums. Once the permanent bridge is created, it will be fitted and fixed into place. It may take multiple visits to check the framework and bite of the bridge to get the right placement.