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Dental crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics used to replace or restore damaged or missing teeth.
Crowns – also known as caps – are fixed over the surfaces of natural tooth structures or dental implants.
Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place by the natural teeth or crowns nearest the empty space.
Both crowns and bridges are non-removable and are cemented in place.
Patients who get crown or bridges to restore their smiles achieve both the function and appearance of natural, healthy teeth.
If you have a tooth that is damaged or decayed, but still intact, a dental crown may be right for you. If your tooth is missing, but its former position is surrounded by other tooth structures, a bridge may be the solution for you. Schedule a dental consultation to determine whether you could benefit from crowns or bridges.
If you are a candidate for a crown or bridge, your teeth will be precisely reduced to ensure a proper fit. A measurement will then be taken of the tooth and the way you bite. This will be used to fabricate a mould for the crown or bridge. It’s colour will be matched to the natural shade of your other teeth. You will be fitted with a temporary restoration until the permanent one is ready for placement.
Your teeth will need time to heal following the crown and bridge placement process, so it is normal for you to experience some sensitivity – especially to hot and cold. Additionally, you may experience soreness in the gums surrounding your restorations, though this is usually manageable with painkillers and should subside within a few days.
The Etruscan civilisation were the first to use crowns as a means of restoring damaged teeth? In fact, the materials they used – ivory, gold and bones – were still the standard in dentistry as recently as the 20th century, when porcelain crowns were first invented. Today, crowns and bridges are customised specifically for the patient’s bite and can usually be placed in as little as two dental visits. With proper cleaning and regular dental check-ups, crowns and bridges can last many years, or even a lifetime.
Like a bridge, partial dentures rest on surrounding teeth to fill in the gaps where one or more teeth are missing. But unlike a bridge, partial dentures are fully removable by the wearer. Partial dentures are affordable alternatives to other types of dental prosthetics and are custom-made to blend in with each patient’s natural teeth. It takes a little time to adapt to new partials, but many people find that they reclaim much of their original function and aesthetics with partial dentures in place.
Partial dentures require gentle care and frequent cleaning. Once you get your new partial dentures, you’ll need to:
You may be a candidate for partial dentures if you have one or more missing teeth, and the space they once filled is surrounded by other teeth or permanent restorations. To find out more about whether partial dentures are right for you, schedule a consultation with us.
If you decide to get a partial denture, you’ll need to visit your dentist to have metal clasps attached to your surrounding teeth and an impression made of the area your partial will fill. The impression will be sent to a dental lab, where a technician will fabricate a custom denture that includes a gum-coloured base that will fit securely over your gums. A metal framework will be used to attach your new partial to the clasps on your natural teeth to ensure a secure fit.
Yes. Good oral health is still important – even if you have a few missing teeth. In addition to caring for your new dental prosthetic, you’ll also need to brush your gums and tongue twice daily to stimulate circulation and remove bacteria that could cause gum disease.
You will also be required to remove your denture and thoroughly rinse your mouth and wipe the dentures clean following every meal.
Continue seeing your dentist twice yearly for exams and cleanings and be sure to bring your partial dentures along for each visit.
After a few years, you may find that your partial needs to be relined/ rebased to better fit the changes to the bone structure in your mouth.
Complete Dentures are an effective and affordable way of replacing missing teeth. Composed of a durable resin, full dentures can be fabricated to look and feel natural. Today’s dentures are custom-fit to make it possible to eat food with confidence and speak clearly. Depending on your preferences and budget, dentures can be crafted for maximum comfort and fracture resistance.
You may be a candidate for Complete Dentures if you are missing teeth and are in need of an affordable prosthetic solution. Most denture wearers find full dentures can restore much of their original tooth function – not to mention create a beautiful, natural-looking smile. To find out if dentures are right for you, schedule a consultation with us.
If you have any decayed or damaged teeth that need to be removed, they will be extracted before your dentist takes a measurement of your remaining gum structure, as well as the roof of your mouth. This measurement will be sent to a dental lab for denture fabrication. Once the dentures are completed, you will return to your dentist for a final fitting.
Yes. Dentures are removable prosthetics that will need to be cleaned daily.
You should also brush your gums daily to prevent infections caused by bacteria.
Following every meal you must thoroughly rinse your mouth and clean your dentures to maintain hygiene.
Your dentures should be kept in water when they aren’t in use to prevent them from going out of shape. Please change the water eveytime you keep the dentures in it.
Keep in mind that it may take some time to adjust to dentures as you learn how to use the muscles in your cheeks and tongue to keep them in place. But over time, you should begin to feel more comfortable with your new prosthetics.
More than 60 percent of adults are missing one or more teeth? Approximately 10 percent are missing all of their teeth – requiring a prosthetic solution that will restore function and aesthetics to their smiles. Many of those dental patients choose partial or full dentures to replace missing teeth.