Dental Crowns & Bridges; a permanent solution to damaged or missing teeth…
Merivale Dental Centre offers crown and bridge work as part of our suite of dental services. If you are located near Ottawa and are missing a tooth or have damaged teeth, then crowns or bridges could be the answer. So, which do you choose?
If you want a permanent solution to damaged, decayed or unsightly teeth that do not need removal, Dental Crowns may be the solution for you. Crowns can help restore your smile and repair the structure and function of any damaged tooth.
The purpose of a crown is to act like a protective cap for the damaged tooth. They fully cover the damaged portion of a tooth which lies at or above the gum line. Not to be confused with composite resin fillings, inlays and onlays that only fill in or cover over just a portion of a tooth, dental crowns encase the entire visible part of a tooth. They effectively become the tooth’s new outer surface.
Dental crowns are often referred to as “dental caps” and offer the following benefits:
- Prevent further breakdown of tooth structure
- Improve normal mouth functions such as eating and speaking
- Improve facial structure
- Restore confidence by improving your smile.
When a tooth is lost or removed, it can cause more than just an unsightly gap. A missing tooth will cause bone loss of the jaw, additional strain on the adjacent teeth and can affect your speech and ability to chew correctly. Dental bridges are an option for fixing missing teeth and preventing these harmful side effects.
Dental bridges are an effective way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a “bridge” between adjacent teeth. They are typically made from ceramic or a ceramic alloy combination to ensure that they are strong and durable.
Because bridges are custom-made, they are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth. Bridges are durable and semi-permanent – they can only be removed by a dentist. They are considered to be very comfortable and can prevent any further damage that may occur to your jaw and surrounding teeth.
Ultimately, for replacing a missing tooth, bridges are a close second to implants in quality and longevity. If the conditions are met, implants will always be the better option. Nevertheless, bridges can give your smile a boost with the appearance of full, healthy teeth and also allow you to get back to eating and speaking normally with added confidence.
To get more information about how we can help with fixing damaged or missing teeth, or to make an appointment, contact us today.