Crowns & Bridges

Crowns

A crown is a tooth-shaped cover placed over a tooth that is badly damaged or decayed. Many people call it a cap.

Reasons to crown a tooth:

  • broken or severely damaged tooth by decay

  • after a root canal treatment

  • to improve appearance

Crowns can be made ahead of time (prefabricated) or made to order in a laboratory. Prefabricated crowns are made of stainless steel.

Crowns can be made of:

  • Metal

  • Zirconia

  • Porcelain fused to metal (PFM)

  • All ceramic

What to expect after a crown?

  • After a root canal treatment, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort or sensitivity after the fitting of a crown

  • If your tooth has not had a root canal, it will still contain the nerve. You may therefore have some temporary sensitivity to cold.

  • If you notice pain or sensitivity when you bite down, it usually means that the crown is too high.

  • Crowns sometimes fall out. If this happens, place the crown in a secure container. Then bring it to your dentist.

Bridges and Crowns

  • Bridges are commonly used to cover a space if you’re missing one or more teeth.

  • They are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space where the tooth once stood.

  • Benefits of BRIDGES & CROWNS

  • In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, bridges and crowns can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and dental occlusion (bite). Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a bad bite. Bridges and crowns help prevent this from happening.