Broken teeth are a common problem. Cavities cause lots of issues for people. And, of course, missing teeth are a different reason to be concerned.
Any of these can affect your confidence in your smile and how well you can bite and chew your food. The good news is that you can fix those issues with a dental crown or bridge.
Crowns and bridges have been an important part of restorative dentistry for a long time. Modern crowns are made with durable, natural-looking materials that bring back your smile and your ability to eat comfortably. Bridges are built by combining crowns together.
If you would like to learn more about either of these services, you can contact Lakewood Dental Centre in Winnipeg, MB. Call 204-977-8515.
Reasons To Get A Crown
To put it simply, crowns are one of the most versatile treatment options in dental care. They can be used are part of the treatment for all of these issues:
- Broken teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Undersized teeth
This isn’t a complete list, but it does give you a sense of the variety of issues you can fix with a dental crown. To get a crown, your tooth is reshaped to form an abutment. This helps in two ways. First, it removes the problem (e.g. the part of your tooth with a crack), and it leaves behind a structure to support your crown.
At some offices, including Lakewood Dental Centre, you can get a dental crown in a matter of hours. CEREC crowns can be created and bonded to a tooth in a single office visit.
After taking a digital scan of your teeth, that information is added to computer software. Your crown is created with the help of computer-aided design. An in-office milling machine can turn a ceramic block into a replacement tooth. That crown then can be bonded in your mouth to restore your tooth and your smile.
Reasons to Get A Bridge
If you are missing a tooth or teeth, a dental bridge may be a better option in some cases. Dental bridges are created by fusing crowns together.
Traditional bridges are bond to the teeth nearest to the gap in your smile. Those teeth are reshaped to form an abutment, just as they would be if a patient were getting a crown. That creates the support to hold the bridge in place to fill the gap created by the missing tooth.
If you are missing multiple teeth, an implant-supported bridge may be a better long-term solution. Dental implants are replacements for the roots of missing teeth. They can be placed in your jawbone to support and secure a bridge. This often can be done without reshaping nearby healthy teeth.
It’s also worth mentioning that you can get an implant-supported crown to replace a single tooth instead of a traditional bridge.
Find The Right Solution For You
If you have a damaged or missing tooth, our team in Winnipeg will be happy to answer any questions you have about dental crowns or bridges. We want you to have the information you need to find the right fix for your situation.