Dental crowns are essentially “caps” that fit over the tooth, covering it in order to restore strength, shape and size. Crowns are typically the recommended course of action when the damage goes beyond what a filling would sufficiently repair.
What Westside Dental Centre Offers
Dental crowns and bridges are a mainstay in maintaining, restoring and adding to the strength of the structural integrity in one’s teeth. While Westside Dental Centre also offers dental implants, we do plenty of work in the fields of crowns and bridges, and believe that each can be the right option depending on a given patient’s situation.
Dental Crown Options
Crowns are effective in protecting weak teeth from breaking, or holding together parts of a cracked tooth. Crowns also are used to cover teeth that already have fillings, when there’s not enough tooth surface left for a filling to suffice. They can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place, to cover dental implants, or to cover discoloured or misshapen teeth. As you can seem crowns play a rather versatile role in the dental process, from making cosmetic repairs to maintaining or strengthening structural integrity.
Different Types of Crowns
These days, dental crowns are available in all sorts of materials, with varying looks and purposes. Your unique situation will determine how we establish the best crown or crowns for you. Some crowns are metal, a good choice for molars as they are out of sight – having gold or silver in the front of one’s mouth hasn’t been necessary or desirable for many years now. Other crowns are made of a metal base with porcelain fused to the surface, giving a much more natural look. The metal provides strength, while the porcelain exterior is more desirable for both front and back teeth. Other materials such as ceramic or resin are also available.
When teeth are missing, a fixed bridge may be a good choice for replacing them. A bridge can prevent a chain reaction of problems, including shifting teeth, difficulty keeping teeth free of plaque and bacteria, loss of bone in the jaw, difficulty chewing, grinding and clenching, and pain in the jaw joint, the TMJ. Bridges are an alternative to implants, with varying factors such as cost, durability, aesthetics, etc. We’ll be happy to set up an appointment for you at Westside Dental Centre, so that one of our team members can meet with you to discuss all the options and find the best treatment plan for you.