Restore Your Smile with Dental Bridges in Kamloops
Is tooth decay or misalignment affecting your mouth’s functionality? Damaged teeth can make you worried about your oral health and appearance. Your immediate step should be to look for an effective solution for all such dental issues. At Aberdeen Dental Arts, our specialists provide restorative dentistry to fix oral problems that may hinder your mouth’s aesthetics and ability to chew properly.
Our team of dentists is strongly dedicated to offering comprehensive dental care to all our patients, regardless of their age. We provide it all - from repairing decayed or cracked teeth to providing preventative care so that you don’t have to shy away from smiling.
We provide dental bridges and crowns in Kamloops to help you smile as confidently as ever. Call us today to book an appointment with our professionals!
A crown is sometimes referred to as a “cap” and can be used to improve esthetics AND function. When a tooth is missing a significant amount of natural structure, either due to a large filling, a crack or a fracture, a dental crown is indicated. A crown is “like a thimble” that covers the entire 360 degrees of a tooth and acts to splint and protect the tooth from the outside.
There are 3 types of crowns:
- A full-gold crown: Although these are the least esthetic types of crowns, they are still a great option in non-esthetic regions of the mouth.
- A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown: This is a crown that has a metal substructure with a porcelain layer baked over the metal. These are slightly more esthetically pleasing than a full-gold crown but still, have aesthetic limitations. You may have seen someone with a “cap” on a front tooth that looks grey along the gum line. This is the metal showing through the porcelain on these types of crowns. They also tend to be quite opaque in appearance and lack the translucency and light-reflecting qualities of natural tooth structure.
- Full ceramic crown: This is a metal-free crown, and with the advances in today’s ceramics, it is a very esthetic and durable option. The ceramics of today allow us to replicate the beautiful translucency and light-reflecting qualities present in natural tooth structure and to do so with minimal removal of tooth structure.
Crowns may be placed on a natural tooth or on a dental implant.
A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge is essentially multiple crowns joined together with a “floating crown," or pontic, in the missing tooth's space. It is a “fixed” prosthesis, meaning that once the bridge is in place, it is not removed. In order to place a bridge, the teeth on either side of the space need to be prepped down for the crowns/bridge abutments. If the teeth on either side of the space would benefit from crowns anyway (i.e. they have large restorations or cracks), then a bridge is a good option for replacing the missing tooth. However, if the teeth on either side of the space are “virgin” teeth (i.e. they have no restorations or structural compromises), then a dental bridge in Kamloops may not be the best option, as a significant amount of good tooth structure would have to be sacrificed in order to place the bridge. In this case, a dental implant would be the preferable mode of replacing the missing tooth or teeth.
We are accepting new patients, so be sure to schedule a consultation regarding your crown and bridge—call Aberdeen Dental Arts today!
Procedure and Care - Dental Crowns
During the process of placing dental crowns, our dentist will first examine the area surrounding the damaged tooth with the help of a few X-rays. The next steps include the following:
Reshaping it to fit the crown.
Taking an impression.
Placing a temporary crown while the permanent one is being made.
Once ready, the temporary crown will be removed, and the permanent one will be placed onto the tooth.
To avoid any complications, you need to:
Avoid food items that are sticky, hard, or require too much chewing.
Try minimizing the use of the side of your mouth where the temporary crown is placed.
If you use dental floss, slide it rather than lift it out.
Once your permanent crown has been placed, ensure you maintain good oral hygiene regularly.
Procedure and Care - Dental Bridges
In cases where a missing tooth (or teeth) has heavily restored teeth on each side, these teeth are prepared in same way as a crown. The process then involves:
Preparing the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth/teeth.
Placing a temporary bridge until the permanent one is made.
Once ready, the permanent bridge is cemented onto the prepared teeth to replace the temporary one.
To avoid any complications after your dental bridge has been placed:
Follow good oral hygiene practices.
Avoid eating food items that are hard or sticky.
Use salt water or an antiseptic mouthwash to rinse your mouth.
Contact us now if you want effective care of your dental bridges in Kamloops.
FAQs - Dental Crowns & Bridges
What Materials Are Used to Make Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, and composite resin.
Are There Any Risks Associated With Dental Crowns?
Dental crown procedures are generally safe. However, some risks may include tooth sensitivity, nerve damage, or infection. Risks can be minimized by following proper oral hygiene practices and consulting with a dental professional.
Can I Eat Normally With a Dental Bridge?
Once the permanent bridge is placed, you can eat normally. However, you may need to avoid hard, sticky, or crunchy foods that could damage or dislodge the bridge.
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