Crowns and Bridges

Crowns

Teeth can require crowns for a variety of reasons: fracture, decay, weak large fillings, aesthetics and  root canal treatment. The tooth is prepared to create an ideal space for a new crown. An impression is taken and sent to the dental laboratory. When cemented into place the crown fully covers that portion of a tooth which lies at and above the gum line. Crowns can be made out of porcelain/ceramic, gold alloy, or a combination of both. Dental crowns are often referred to as "dental caps". The goal is to restore the tooth to provide ideal strength, function, comfort and aesthetics.
Incorporating Dentsply Sirona's latest technology into our dental practice allows us to utilize our Cerec 3D milling machine to provide same day one appointment crown and bridge procedures. In the past dentists had to take an impression and send the case to the lab for a crown to be made and then inserted at a second visit. Now in approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours, we can shape the tooth, take an optical scan (no more gagging on dental materials), design, fabricate and insert a crown. No second trips and need for more injections at a later date. The materials are selected according to the patient's needs; monolithic Zirconia and Katana for their strength that has reduced porcelain chipping to zero in the past 2 years, and eMax for its beautiful esthetics. We custom stain the crowns in office in order to idealize the esthetics and improve cosmetic outcomes.

 

Bridges

If you are missing teeth and having trouble speaking, chewing, or are noticing strain when biting, bridges may be the ideal procedure to help restore your dentirion to 100% form and function in an aesthetically pleasing manner. A bridge is a treatment option to replace one or more missing teeth in a permanently fixed manner. The teeth adjacent to the missing tooth or teeth are prepared to be used as support and anchors. In long span bridges involving 4 or more teeth an impression is taken to be sent to a dental laboratory. In most cases we are now able to take an optical impression with our Omnicam optical scanner. It is replacing the tray and putty system that caused so many patients discomfort during crown and bridge procedures. Gagging is being eliminated with the advent of these new technologies. Bridges that replace only one missing tooth are milled in our Cerec machine in-office and can be delivered in a few days verus a few weeks .  All porcelain Zirconia bridges are fabricated  to establish ideal fit, comfort, shape and colour mimicing the natural dentition. Their high tensile strength reduces the chipping and breakage of porcelain like we have experienced in the past with porcelain bonded to gold/metal bridges. The goal is to provide a functional and aesthetic result that will last for many years. The alternatives to bridgework are dental implants and if finances are a factor then a removeable partial denture can be fabricated.