Benefits of Crown and Bridge Treatment:

  • Restores lost teeth and supports remaining teeth
  • Restores and maintains your natural bite
  • Prevents undue stress on natural teeth
  • Improves your speech, smile and chewing ability
  • Helps prevent further dental decay and gum disease
  • Prevents tilting and shifting of adjacent teeth

Dental crowns and bridges fit over injured, discolored, or cracked teeth, or fill the space resulting after dental extractions and protect the teeth from further injuries or damages.

Consult Paskal Dental in Orléans for an expert opinion about whether dental crowns or bridges could be the right soloution for you.

Dental Crowns

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A crown or “cap” is a tooth-like covering placed over an existing tooth that has been specially prepared by your dentist. Crowns help to strengthen and restore or improve the appearance of your natural teeth. In addition to strengthening a tooth to accommodate the attachment of a bridge, crowns serve many functions. One of the most common is to support the tooth when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling. Crowns and bridges are most often made of superior materials such as semiprecious or precious metals, porcelain or a combination of metal fused to porcelain.

Crown and Bridge Procedure

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Once it is determined you need crown and bridge work, a series of appointments will be scheduled.

  • At the first appointment you will undergo a complete oral examination. If the X-rays are required, they are taken. Next, the abutting teeth are reduced to accept crowns and impressions are made. A dental laboratory will use these impressions as a model to create the bridge, false tooth and crown. Your teeth are then fitted with a temporary crown or bridge to protect your teeth until the next appointment.
  • At the second appointment, your cosmetic dentist will make any necessary adjustments before cementing it permanently. The dentist will take time to color match the bridge so it looks natural, check your chewing and biting for accuracy and ensure the bridge conforms to the surrounding issue. It is common for your teeth to be mildly sensitive to extreme temperatures for a few weeks after the procedure.

Crowns are used to restore teeth that have been broken or are at high risk of doing so due to decaying fillings or fractures, and will look and feel similar to your real teeth.

Crowns (also called caps) are typically constructed from noble alloys or porcelain and are needed if a significant portion of the tooth is missing. Usually, extensive decay, injury, or root canal therapy are the situations where a crown is recommended.

During your first visit, our dentists will prepare your tooth structure and then take an impression of the prepared tooth, make a temporary crown to place on the tooth, and send the impression to a dental laboratory to fabricate the crown. At your next visit, we will try-in the crown to ensure a good fit and then cement the crown in place.

When the procedure is finished, the crown will blend seamlessly with your teeth, return the strength that you need for comfortable oral function, and restore your all-white smile.

Dental Bridges

The Cost of Bridges

The average cost of a single fixed bridge depends on where you live and which type of bridge you require. Dental insurance usually pays for approximately half of the cost. Bridgework is a long-term solution that can help prevent a cycle of problems that can occur with a missing tooth. Whether it’s due to decay, gum disease, injury or accident, losing a tooth can cause many serious problems for your neighbouring natural teeth. Usually, in just two appointments you can restore your smile, enhance your appearance and improve your overall dental health. To find out more about crown and bridgework, consult your dentist or hygienist.

Caring For Bridges

Good oral hygiene can help your bridge last a long time. If you do not properly control the buildup of food debris and plaque, your teeth can become infected, resulting in decay and the potential loss of your bridge. With proper care, a bridge can last eight to ten years, or longer. The difference between proper and improper care generally determines the success of the dental bridge. Proper care tips include:

  • Brush the surfaces and sides of your bridge like you do your natural teeth with fluoride toothpaste and a soft- bristled brush after, each meal
  • Floss at least once daily. Special thick floss can help keep your bridge clean
  • Use an interdental brush to clean between large spaces
  • Have your teeth cleaned by your dental hygienist every six months
  • Avoid sticky foods like caramel, gum and taffy and crunchy foods like hard candy
  • Do not chew ice cubes

Bridges are fixed, or non-removable, prosthesis constructed to replace one or more missing teeth.

The teeth on both sides of the existing space are used to attach the bridge to restore functionality and aesthetics. Materials used for this process are noble alloys, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal.

Bridges are indicated whenever at least one tooth is missing. A bridge is composed of abutments and pontics. Abutments are the supports for the bridge and consist of crowns placed on the teeth surrounding the empty space. The pontics are special crowns that span across the empty space and connect to the abutments.

When teeth are prepared for a bridge, the abutments are prepared for crowns just as described in crowns. We will then take an impression of the prepared teeth, make a temporary bridge or crowns to place on the teeth to protect them and maintain their positions, and send the impression to a dental laboratory to fabricate the bridge. At your next visit with Paskal Dental, we will try-in the bridge to ensure a good fit and then cement the bridge in place.

Here at Paskal Dental in Orléans, we offer crowns and bridge services to our patients. If you have missing teeth, please call us at (613) 837-2121 and book a consultation with our dentist to discuss your options.