Crowns and Bridges- CEREC in Burlington
It is an unfortunate fact of life that people sometimes lose teeth either through decay, trauma or in some cases, because the tooth was congenitally missing. Regardless of the cause, the spaces pose a number of problems. The first and perhaps most dramatic sequelae is a compromised smile. Few people enjoy having a hole apparent when they smile to greet the world, and in many cases, they find themselves covering their mouths when they talk or laugh and feelings of embarrassment quite often accompany this predicament.
But there are more than just cosmetic concerns. Depending on the location, a person’s ability to chew and enjoy their food properly may be compromised. From an orthodontic point of view, the teeth adjacent to the space may begin to drift into the space, and the tooth opposing the space from the other jaw will actually grow into the space. All of these potential complications serve as a collective call to action - to restore the dental arch to proper form and function.
So what are crowns and bridges?
In essence, a crown can be thought of as a sleeve that fits over a tooth that has been specially prepared by your dentist. Because it fits over your tooth rather than in it, a crown tends to offer more support to a tooth than a filling. Crowns are especially important for teeth that have large fillings that can act as wedges every time you bite down, increasing the risk of tooth fracture.
Upper left: the tooth had been previously root canal treated, and subsequently fractured while the patient was eating.
Upper right: the fractured tooth had a large amalgam filling placed following the root canal treatment, which acted like a wedge between the two cusps.
Lower left and lower right: the tooth subsequently had a crown placed on it with an excellent colour match to the natural teeth.
However, crowns are also able to correct the shape and the colour of teeth, giving the person’s smile an important aesthetic makeover. During the treatment-planning phase as well as during the operative phase, telling your dentist what sort of results you would like to see can translate into significant improvements in your smile.
Bridges of this variety are able to give the person a larger chewing surface while holding the adjacent and opposing teeth in their correct positions. However, like crowns, bridges are also able correct the colour and shape of the involved teeth.
Left: the patient’s bridge fractured in the middle; right: the existing bridge was replaced with a more aesthetic, tooth coloured bridge.
If you are missing teeth and would like to complete your brilliant smile, ask your dentist about the many options