Dental Crowns and Bridges
Whether you have a missing or broken tooth, you may feel too self-conscious to smile. At Select Smiles, we can help you smile brighter and enjoy restored self-confidence with dental crowns and bridges. Our custom-crafted crowns and bridges have the appearance of natural teeth.
Also known as caps, crowns are custom-fabricated covers for teeth that have had a root canal, or are cracked, weakened or so decayed that a regular filling is insufficient. Your crown will be matched to the colour of your teeth for a seamless look.
At the first appointment, we prepare the tooth by making it small enough for the crown to fit over it. Next, we mold an impression of the tooth so that the crown fits between the teeth on either side of it and is about the same size and shape as the one being capped. At the end of this visit, we attach a temporary crown to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is ready.
At the second appointment, we bond the permanent crown, ensuring it feels comfortable and natural and that your bite is correct. If you take care of your crown by maintaining excellent oral hygiene and seeing us for routine dental examinations and cleanings, your crown could last a lifetime.
A dental bridge is utilised to replace missing teeth or ones that have been removed due to disease. A bridge is comprised of two crowns on either side of the missing tooth connected to an artificial tooth, called a pontic, in the middle. These three “teeth” form the “bridge” that is matched to the colour of your teeth and then bonded into place to provide a permanent solution.
Your dentist will examine your mouth and the areas around the missing tooth to determine whether a dental bridge is appropriate for your situation. If you are an ideal candidate, we will prep the teeth, which are on either side of the missing tooth (the one that will provide the anchors for the bridge), for crowns.
We will take an impression so that the bridge will fit precisely into the space and blend flawlessly with your existing teeth. Before you leave, your dentist will insert a temporary bridge to protect the area until the permanent bridge is ready.
When you return for your next and final visit, your dentist will bond the permanent bridge into place. If you practice scrupulous oral hygiene and visit us twice a year for dental checkups, your new bridge should last for many years.