Dental crowns restore teeth and dental bridges replace teeth Dental crowns can help you keep your teeth for longer. Made from either porcelain, metal or gold, dental crowns are placed over a treated tooth to provide it extra support and stability. They are used for teeth that are: Chipped Cracked weakened by a large filling after root canal therapy Dental crown The process for getting a dental crown involves two appointments after the initial consultation. The first appointment is when a mould is taken of your teeth. This impression is given to our on-site laboratory to fabricate your dental crown. While you wait for your more permanent dental crown, a temporary is placed. Temporary crowns and bridges Before the temporary dental crown is fitted, your tooth will be prepared. This means shaving the tooth down so when the crown is placed it will look like a natural tooth. The next appointment is when your temporary crown is removed and the more permanent one is fitted. The dental crown will be placed, and if you and your Smile Pro Dentist are happy with the fit, it will be bonded to your teeth. Before and after. 70 year old female with crowns and bridge work as she had insufficient bone to do simple dental implant treatment. Taking care of your dental crown Taking care of your dental crown is the same as taking care of your normal teeth. Brush and floss every day. Just because there is a dental crown over the tooth does not mean it can’t get decay. With proper care this restoration can last 10-15 years. There have been cases when a dental crown may last longer. However, one important factor is how well you take care of your oral health. Dental bridge A dental bridge is an effective method of replacing a missing tooth (or teeth). Made up of one or two dental crowns and at least one fake tooth, a dental bridge can be a non-surgical option for tooth replacement (it becomes surgical when it’s an implant-supported bridge). Bridge to replace 2 missing premolar teeth Placing a dental bridge A dental bridge takes two appointments to place. The first appointment (after your initial consultation) is where impressions of your teeth are taken. This involves preparing your teeth for the dental crowns before the impressions are taken. After that, temporary bridge is placed to protect your prepared teeth until the placement of the more permanent bridge. The second appointment takes place once your new dental bridge is ready. This appointment involves removing the temporary dental bridge and making the new bridge fits properly (and comfortably). It the fit is correct; the new dental bridge will be bonded to your teeth. Taking care of your dental bridge You should take care of your new dental bridge as if it were your natural teeth. The better care you take of it, the longer it can last. Taking care of your dental bridge is as easy as brushing and flossing every day. Also, eating less sugary snacks and drinking less sugary drinks. Typically, a dental bridge can last up to 20 years. However, the exact length of time depends on how well you look after your oral health. Inserted crowns and bridge Dental crowns and bridges from The Smile Pros With an on-site laboratory and a prosthodontist, the Smile Pros team is perfectly poised to help you with all your restorative dental needs. For more information, or to request an appointment, please contact us today. Don’t forget to share this via Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.