GENERAL DENTISTRY

Crown & Bridge

Crowns and Bridgework are dental devices used to replace missing teeth, protect damaged teeth or preserve root canaled teeth. These restorative procedures use permanently fixed prosthetic devices that can restore the size, shape and appearance of your teeth, while providing strength to weak or damaged teeth.  Bridgework is a procedure also recommended to replace missing teeth where implants or dentures are not desirable nor viable options.

Early diagnosis and planning for crown and bridgework is highly recommended. It is always recommended to visit your dentist regularly, so that dental issues can be detected and treated at an early stage to avoid problems that result in extensive, costly treatment.

Crown & Bridge at Marigold Dental

 At Marigold Dental we are proud to offer our patients beautiful, natural looking crowns and bridges.   We believe in providing only the best in precision fit, beautifully crafted, undetectable crown and bridgework to restore your smile. 

Why a Crown or Bridge?

Crown and Bridgework is used to treat a number of dental issues.  They give strength, shape and size to teeth all while improving their appearance. A bridge is used to replace missing teeth and may provide an option where dentures may be unstable, uncomfortable or aesthetically displeasing. Crown and bridgework may also be a recommendation for the following:

  • Restore a fractured tooth due to an accident or trauma
  • Protect a damaged or compromised tooth
  • Reshape an oversized tooth  
  • Cover discolored, badly formed or misshapen teeth
  • Protect a Root Canaled tooth
  • Restore the tooth for an implant that has been placed
  • A bridge to replace missing teeth
If a crown or bridge has been recommended to you try to get this treatment done as soon as convienent for you as delaying these treatments may result in tooth loss or other complications.

Crown and Bridge Procedures:

DIAGNOSIS AND PREPARATION OF A TREATMENT PLAN.

Your first appointment will include:

  • A dental examination.
  • A panoramic image of your teeth if necessary
  • A digital image of your teeth.
  • A smile analysis.

PREPARATION OF THE TEETH, MAKING A DENTAL IMPRESSION, COLOUR MATCHING, PREPARING A TEMPORARY CROWN.

The second appointment is key as it is during this visit your dentist will prepare one or more teeth for your crown or bridge to fit over.  During this preparation, not often, but occassionally your dentist may find that a root canal  may be necessary in order to avoid complications after your crown is permanently cemented.  These findings are usually discussed at your inital exam where decay and loss of tooth structure is evident.

A shade of your teeth is taken to match the shade of the crown or bridge to your own teeth.  We do this together to ensure you are happy with the shade chosen.  It is our mission to ensure your crown or bridgework look and feel as natural as your own teeth.

Following preparation of your teeth an accurate impression of your teeth is taken. This is crucial for a successful prosthetic fit as it ensures your restored teeth do not look different from your other teeth and that the prosthetic device fits precisely onto the prepared teeth.  This along with good oral hygiene helps with the longevity of the prosthesis.

 Our personally selected prosthetic laboratory then processes the impressions and produces perfectly fitted prosthetic crowns, detailed to perfection with maximum tight-fitting edges.

FITTING AND CEMENTING THE CROWN OR  BRIDGE.

During this appointment, the dentist will test the fit and adaptation of your crown or bridge.  Occassionally with complicated or aesthetically demanding cases, the cementing may require another appointment, but if the crown or bridge fits well and you are happy with the shade your crown or bridge, it can be permanently cemented right away.

TYPES OF DENTAL CROWNS

Everyone has different choices, requirements, and budget when it comes to customizing a crown for your teeth. Keeping that in mind, we provide you with a variety of dental materials to choose the most appropriate for you.  Dental crown and bridgework can be made from the following materials:

All-Ceramic (porcelain-based) or Zirconia crowns: These are porcelain-based or zirconia diamond based non-metallic crowns that are especially recommended for front teeth as they are strong and can be shade matched to natural teeth giving them a completely natural look.  Porcelain crowns are not usually recommended for molars as the biting force often results in wear of the opposing teeth. The zirconia crown is now recommended as a better option as it is one of the strongest materials used today and where gold or metals are not preferred, they provide a very strong, durable, natural looking,  tooth coloured crown.

Porcelain fused to Metal: When porcelain is fused to metal it forms a stronger restoration than all-ceramic porcelain crowns. It is “fused” to the outside of a metal structure  to provide strength, has a tight seal to prevent leakage and decrease the chance of dental decay. A moderate amount of tooth structure is removed in preparation for this crown but, it provides durability and strength to the tooth when cemented.

Gold Crowns: If you are looking for a long-term and durable solution to your damaged teeth, then gold crowns are your solution. The gold alloy adheres to your tooth making the tooth stronger. The gold alloy is resistant to wear and fracture and does not wear the teeth it comes in contact with.  It is still the preferred choice for many on posterior teeth.

Dental Crowns are more expensive than a filling, but they have their advantages. Crowns provide durability and strength to the teeth that have become compromised. A filling may not be enough to avoid tooth fracture which can then lead to more expensive treatment.  Discuss with our dentists to dertermine the best option for you.

Following a Root Canal Treatment (RCT) the tooth no longer has blood supply keeping the tooth vital and strong.  Without the nerve and blood supply your tooth will become brittle and weak therefore, it is always recommended to have the treated tooth crowned to avoid fracture. 

Dental crown preparations, and the cementing of the crowns are not painful, the same local anesthetics used when doing fillings are administered to ensure your comfort. However, you can expect a longer appointment time so make sure you eat beforehand.

The life of a dental crown depends on many factors especially the material of the crown and your own oral hygiene. Dental crowns can last anywhere between 5 to 15 years though it is not unusual to see a crown last as many as 30 years. It is always advised to maintain optimum oral hygiene to help with the longevity of your crowns.