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All of your teeth play an important role in appearance, speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth, they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth.
Also known as a cap, is a synthetic tooth made of porcelain that is placed onto a damaged or otherwise unhealthy tooth to restore its proper structure and function. Crowns are generally used to strengthen a tooth that has been severely cracked, decayed or has had a root canal procedure and can no longer maintain a proper shape on its own. A dental crown can also replace a large filling or cover a severely misshapen or discolored tooth, and it can serve as support for a bridge.
The process of having a dental crown placed typically takes two separate appointments. The first appointment is usually the longest and involves the actually prepping of the tooth. The first step in having a dental crown place is having an anesthetic or numbing medication placed in the mouth. A numbing gel will be applied to the area first and then anesthetic will be injected into the area around the tooth. Once your mouth has become numb, the tooth will need to be prepped. This involves shaving the tooth down and removing any decay so that it can anchor the dental crown.
Once the tooth has been fully prepped, an impression will be taken using a putty so that the dental crown can be fabricated. A temporary crown made of acrylic will be shaped and placed at the end of the appointment. The impression and any photos of the teeth will either be used in the office to make a permanent crown or sent out to a dental lab for fabrication. The time between the tooth prep and the second appointment to have the crown placed is usually about two weeks.
The second appointment is typically less involved and most patients do not need to get numb. The permanent crown will be checked to ensure a good fit and bite in the mouth. Minor adjustments can be made by the dentist if necessary. The temporary crown will be removed, any excess temporary cement will be cleaned from the prepped tooth, and the permanent crown will be cemented onto the tooth.
Pain and discomfort are well managed during both of these appointments. Some temporary sensitivity may be noticeable after the tooth is prepped, but will go away with time. Some gum discomfort may be present but can be alleviated with over the counter pain medication.
A bridge is one or more synthetic teeth designed to replace teeth that are missing, in order to prevent the misalignment of the remaining healthy teeth and restore the proper function of your mouth. Made of tooth-resembling porcelain, a bridge will fill the spaces between your healthy teeth. To maintain proper positioning, the bridge will need to be attached to your natural teeth, dental implants or crowns, which will serve as an anchor.
The fabrication of a bridge usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment we will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin.
Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.
Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth.Crowns which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge
If you are interested in learning more about porcelain Dental Crowns and Bridges, you can read more info on the link provided below or you can schedule for a FREE cosmetic consultation, by calling our office at (613) 9629-7664. For your convenience, you may also fill out our online contact form
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