Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is cemented (glued) over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength and/or improve its appearance. Crowns can be made of different materials e.g. gold, porcelain or a combination of both. A dental crown has a life expectancy of approximately 10-20 years depending on “wear and tear”, one’s personal oral habits (e.g. clenching, grinding, chewing ice, nail biting etc…), and one’s oral hygiene care.
A dental crown may be needed to:
- Protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- Restore an already broken or severely worn tooth
- Cover and support a tooth with a large filling
- Hold a dental bridge in place (see below)
- Cover misshaped or severely discoloured teeth
- Cover a dental implant
A dental bridge may be recommended to replace one or more missing teeth, without which could adversely affect the appearance and functionality of your smile. Missing teeth can cause a change in one’s bite, shifting of the teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), speech impediments, an increased risk for periodontal (gum) disease and a greater chance of tooth decay. A bridge can be made from the same materials and have a life expectancy like that of a crown.
Crowns and bridges are wonderful solutions to fixing and/or replacing teeth, and the team at Dr. Nasralla’s clinic will gladly explain your options while addressing your needs. Call 250-339-2252 or click to email for a consultation appointment.