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Dental Bridges & Crowns for Langley Residents

bridges & crowns are dental appliances that restores a tooth's function or appearance.

A Brief Summary of Dental Crowns

Dentists position them in a patient's mouth to replace several missing teeth. Dental technicians custom-make bridges, and as a result, they are barely evident and will bring back the teeth's natural shape. In addition, bridges will retain the patient's upper and lower teeth bite relationship.

There are several attachment options for bridges including fixed partial dentures and conventional fixed bridges as well as resin bonded and cantilever bridges. Dentists place fixed partial dentures to healthy teeth or a titanium constructed root implant. When patients prefer dental equipment that they can take out and clean, they'll need a removable bridge. Most dental labs use gold alloys, porcelain or a combination of materials to form dental bridges. If a dentist is placing an implant bridge, then he or she will connect the appliance to the bone or below the gum tissue.

What are Dental Crowns Made of?

Dental lab technicians form  dental crowns from materials such as porcelain and gold alloys. The devices are synthetic, and dentists will fit them over the patient's tooth. In most cases, dentists use crowns to reestablish the function and look of a tooth. Additionally, a tooth will require the appliance after a dentist completes an extensive dental treatment like a root canal or when a large section of the tooth is removed. Dentists use crowns to connect bridges and stop a cracked tooth from worsening.

Procedure Specifics

The dentist must remove away a large portion of the tooth to fit a crown. Also, to form a crown, the dental lab will need an impression of the area. Therefore, the dentist will make the impression during the tooth removal appointment.

The Purpose of a Dental Crown

Dental crowns are caps that are placed over a tooth to provide an effective means of restoring a tooth’s function and appearance following a dental procedure such as a root canal, or when advanced tooth decay requires the removal of a significant portion of a tooth. Dental crowns in Surrey are typically constructed from synthetic materials, such as porcelain.

Procedure to Create a Dental Crown

In order to accommodate a crown and ensure that it fits correctly among other teeth, the affected natural tooth must be reduced in size. Your dentist accomplishes this by first making a cast of the existing tooth, which is used to make an impression. This impression is shipped to a specialized lab and used to create a crown that is custom designed to meet your unique specifications. The dentist will then cement the crown permanently into place. In many cases a temporary crown is applied as a placeholder until the permanent crown can be manufactured.

Caring for Your Dental Crown

A well-constructed dental crown is designed to perform reliably for up to eight years or longer with proper care, which includes regular brushing and flossing to remove debris from the area of the restoration and to prevent the buildup of plaque.

Certain behaviours, such as bruxism (teeth grinding) and chewing hard or being careless with brittle foods can cause damage or adhesion failure to a crown and should be avoided if possible. 

If you are consistent with this, you can expect to have a dental crown that is healthy and functional throughout it's life time. Poor dental care and carelessness with inevitably decrease it's usefulness and overall life span.


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