Same Day Crowns, Crowns & Bridges
Same day crowns is the latest technology, enabling us to fabricate in one appointment, right in the office: Computer Assisted Design/Computer Assisted Manufacture or ‘CAD-CAM’ using CEREC technology. The porcelain crown is milled by a computer to fit your tooth precisely while you wait, thus eliminating the laboratory step in creating the new crown. There is no need for a temporary crown; this saves time and reduces discomfort. CEREC technology can also be used to manufacture porcelain fillings (inlays) and veneers.
Habitually grinding your teeth, an improper bite, age, fillings, and tooth decay can all be contributing factors in the wearing down, cracking, breakage, and even loss of teeth. Dental crowns, also known as caps, are hollow, artificial teeth used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. The crown restores the tooth and protects it from further damage. Crowns can also be used to cover a discoloured or misshapen tooth. A tooth that has been fixed with a crown looks and functions very much like a natural tooth.
In other instances, crowns are used to replace missing teeth. They are anchored to the teeth on either side, with a bridge section connecting the two crowns. In lieu of bridges, single tooth dental implants may be used, eliminating the need for the supporting crowns.
Click here to view educational video; select ‘General’ then ‘Full Porcelain Crown’.
A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns holding it in place are attached to the teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge, and is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Unlike removable partial bridges they cannot be removed from your mouth.
If you are missing any teeth and are committed to maintaining good oral hygiene practices, you may be a good candidate for a bridge or you may want to consider dental implants. A bridge is one option to fill the space in your mouth left by missing teeth. This space can cause the surrounding teeth to drift out of position and can cause teeth and gums to become more susceptible to disease that can cause further tooth loss. Fixed bridges not only correct an altered bite, improve your chewing ability and speech, but they also safeguard your appearance by preventing the collapse of your facial features that can cause premature wrinkles and age lines.
In some cases where the span is large, Dr. Smith may recommend a removable partial denture or an implant-supported restoration.
View the educational video clip for 3 Unit Bridge under the General Tab.