CROWN AND BRIDGES

Crowns and Bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants.
Crowns are used most commonly to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth or cover an implant.

Your dentist may recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant;
  • Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to shift resulting in a bad bite. This can also lead to gum disease and TMJ disorders. Bridges are commonly used if you’re missing one or more teeth. They cover the space where the teeth are missing and are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space.

In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, Crowns and Bridges can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and dental occlusion (bite).

While crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown is to practice good oral hygiene. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. See your dentist here at Langmore Dental regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects.

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