As part of our full dentistry service in London Ontario, we are proud to offer our patients crowns and bridges to restore the function and appearance of missing or damaged teeth. When a tooth is broken, worn, decayed around the gum line, weak or misshapen, a crown can be customized to cover and protect the natural tooth. Most crowns are porcelain, the preferred choice due to their strength and natural appearance.
What are Dental Crowns?
Crowns or partial crowns (onlays) are required when there is insufficient tooth strength to hold a filling. An impression is taken of your natural tooth so the lab technician can create a crown that is sculpted to match your bite and jaw movements. They are a form of prosthetic attached directly to a damaged tooth or implant, dental crowns have several applications. For people who have had a dental implant fitted, the crown is installed on top to give the appearance of a natural tooth, and to restore normal function. Porcelain crowns are bonded to the tooth or implant using dental cement, giving a result that’s secure and long-lasting.
What is a Dental Bridge?
If missing teeth have created an empty space, don’t worry; we can restore your beautiful smile! A dental bridge is an artificial tooth (or set of teeth), otherwise known as a pontic, which is attached to adjacent teeth to keep it in place. A bridge is an option to replace a missing tooth or teeth, to help maintain the shape of your face, your bite and the look of your smile. Because the bridge is bonded to surrounding teeth for support, the health of surrounding teeth, gums and bone is critical to the success of the bridge.
Different materials can be used for dental bridges, such as; porcelain, alloys, gold, or a combination. Porcelain is often the preferred choice for its appearance, so that the dental restoration is as close to the natural tooth colour as possible, and its strength.
If a crown or a bridge is a possible solution for you, give us a call to schedule an appointment to review your options.