Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and Bridges
Restore Any Broken or Missing Teeth
Crowns and bridges are two of the most cost-effective dental implants available today.
Dental Crowns, also know as dental caps, are dental restorations that are fitted over a single tooth. If your tooth has suffered from extreme decay or broken by accident, a crown can restore its appearance and function. If there isn’t much of your natural tooth left, or it is severely fractured and cannot hold a filling, a crown can help support it and protect the weakened tooth. Dr. Goldstein usually recommends a crown to be placed after a root canal, if the tooth has been severely weakened by decay or physical damage, or simply for cosmetic purposes.
Dental bridges are devices that are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. By using adjoining teeth as anchors, artificial teeth can be placed between them. Generally, the two adjoining teeth must be capped to strengthen them prior to the bridge being placed. A dental bridge can help prevent a number of serious dental issues such as tooth shifting and gum disease.
How Do You Install Them?/span>
Before a dental crown is placed, an impression is taken of the weakened tooth. The crown made from this impression perfectly matches your existing tooth. The affected tooth is then prepared by Dr. Goldstein so the crown will properly fit over it. Once the crown is cemented in place, it becomes a permanent part of your tooth.
Before a dental bridge is placed, an impression is taken of your teeth so the bridge will fit perfectly. The two supporting teeth on either side of your missing ones are then prepared for crowning. A temporary dental bridge is placed in the mouth while the permanent one is being prepared. Once the permanent bridge is ready, it is placed over top of the two supporting teeth with artificial teeth between them, bridging the gap and replacing your missing teeth.
Once a crown or a bridge is installed, it is a permanent dental implant and cannot be removed.
How Do I Maintain their Appearance?
The materials used for dental crowns and bridges are usually more resilient than your natural teeth. They generally will not stain yellow or become dulled with time. However, it is important that you continue to maintain healthy dental habits such as regular brushing and flossing to avoid tarter buildup and gum disease.
How Much Does a Crown or a Bridge Cost?
Dental crowns and bridges are two of the most common and cost-effective methods of tooth restoration. Most forms of dental insurance should pay for some of the cost of the procedure. The final cost will depend on the number of teeth being fitted and the material used for the restoration. Crowns and bridges are most commonly made from materials such as porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, gold, or zirconia. You and Dr. Goldstein will discuss which type is best for you prior to the procedure.
If you believe that Dr. Goldstein could help by installing a crown or bridge, just contact our office for an appointment at 416-224-8300. Dental crowns and bridges can be the quickest and most effective ways to restore both your smile and dental comfort.