Bridges are permanent restorations that cover the space of one or more missing teeth and are anchored to contiguous healthy teeth or to implants. A mold is prepared to perfectly fit in the patient’s mouth; in the meantime, a temporary bridge is provided. Recommendations from the dentist regarding how to take care of bridges must be followed for a long-lasting result (about 10 years or more).
Dental crowns are used to reshape partially damaged teeth, while correcting their colour and restoring their function. A crown covers the entire tooth and, with proper care, lasts up to 10 years. The procedure is done under local anesthesia, using an impression of the filed tooth to customize the crown. A temporary crown is provided to the patient until the final one is ready. Crowns can be made with metal, composite, porcelain or a mix of porcelain and metal.
No. Your affected tooth will be numbed so that there is no pain during the crown preparation. The process is like getting a dental filling. Your tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold foods for a couple of hours, but this temporary sensitivity will go away after your tooth gets used to the new crown.
The same way you care for your natural teeth! Brush twice a day, floss at least once, and rinse with an alcohol-free rinse in the evenings before bedtime!
You won’t have any “down time” after your crown is placed. The treatment is non-surgical and does not cause any serious pain or discomfort, so you can get back to your day-to-day routine immediately.
Dental bridges are made from high quality dental porcelain and with proper maintenance can last up to 10 to 15 years or even longer.
No, although it normally will take two dental appointments for a dental professional to place a bridge in their patient’s mouth. During the first appointment, we will prepare the teeth for the bridge, and during the second appointment, the bridge will be placed in the mouth.
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