Crowns and Bridges in Toronto, ON
Our goal at Toronto Lakeshore Dental is to assist you in maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile for a lifetime. However, at some point in our lives, most of us will encounter wear and tear, tooth decay, or sometimes trauma that could result in damage to a tooth or even tooth loss. So, for many patients, maintaining their dental health means that we need to repair or replace a decayed, damaged, or lost tooth. When your tooth is compromised, our dentists will recommend a tooth crown or dental bridge for you.
Dr. Joo, Dr. Moore, and Dr. Lee are committed to delivering high-quality dental restorations and providing you with all the options when it comes to repairing your smile. If you choose a tooth crown or dental bridge from Toronto Lakeshore Dental, you can rest assured that you'll be getting a durable and aesthetic restoration that you can rely on for many years to come.
- When a Dental Crown Is Recommended
- When You Need a Dental Bridge
- The Process for Completing a Traditional Tooth Crown and Bridge
- Implant-Supported Restorations in Etobicoke
- The Advantages of Implant-Supported Restorations
- Caring for Your Tooth Crown or Dental Bridge
When a Dental Crown Is Recommended
A tooth crown is a restoration that is typically crafted from high-quality porcelain and utilized to restore your entire tooth, while also protecting your root. It covers your remaining tooth to the gum line and provides all the functions that you had before, including chewing, eating, talking, and smiling.
Your Etobicoke dentist may recommend a tooth crown in these situations:
- For a tooth that needs more repair than a dental filling can provide
- When a tooth is severely decayed, broken, cracked, or fractured
- For a tooth that has had root canal treatment
- To replace an old filling or restoration that has broken or fallen out
- As a single tooth restoration for a dental implant
With your new crown in place and your beautiful smile restored, no one will ever know you had a tooth repaired.
Why Do I Need A Tooth Crown Instead of a Filling?
A dental filling is ideal for restoring small areas of tooth decay. However, a filling is not strong enough to support a tooth if it is severely decayed or fractured. In these cases, it is best to replace the entire tooth structure with a durable and aesthetic crown.
When You Need a Dental Bridge
For patients missing one or more adjacent teeth, a fixed bridge is a good solution. A bridge uses dental crowns as anchors for customized prosthetic teeth set in between that will complement your smile as well as restoring your function. The anchor crowns are attached to healthy teeth. Because a dental bridge is not removable, our dentists permanently place them, so there is no concern with movement or slippage during talking or eating or removing your appliance for cleaning.
Keeping your anchor teeth clean with daily brushing and flossing is important to ensure the longevity of your dental bridge. Regular checkups with your Etobicoke dentist will also keep your bridge healthy and functioning correctly.
Choosing a dental bridge to replace one or more missing teeth will give you back the function and aesthetics you need and want while keeping your remaining teeth in proper alignment.
The Process for Completing a Traditional Tooth Crown and Bridge
Whether you are completing a tooth crown or bridge, the process is similar and straightforward. You will have two appointments with your dentist.
During the first procedure, they will prepare your tooth for its restoration, take impressions for the lab to make your crown, and create a temporary crown for you to wear until you come back. Dr. Joo, Dr. Moore, or Dr. Lee work closely with trusted dental labs in the area to design and customize your crown so you will enjoy the optimal function and exceptional aesthetics.
Once your new crown is completed, you'll return to Toronto Lakeshore Dental to have it permanently placed. Your Toronto dentist makes any necessary adjustments at this time to ensure that your bite is functioning correctly and that your new tooth or bridge feels comfortable and natural.
Now you're ready to enjoy your new smile!
Implant-Supported Restorations in Etobicoke
Dental implants are also a great option for replacing and restoring smiles. A few strategically placed implants can support a denture, or anchor a bridge so patients missing multiple teeth can enjoy a more secure fit for their prosthetics, while also protecting the health of their bone.
Dr. Joo can discuss your options for utilizing dental implants to support your restoration. He has extensive training in the field of implant dentistry, which means he can guide you through the procedure from start to finish if you decide that tooth implants are the right treatment for you. You can rest assured knowing that you’ll be taken care of by the team you’ve come to trust throughout your entire procedure.
The Advantages of Implant-Supported Restorations
Many denture wearers experience embarrassing movement or slippage when they talk, laugh, or eat. This can be very frustrating!
Using dental implants to support your denture ensures that you don't have to deal with these concerns since your denture is anchored securely into your bone with the implants. This gives patients peace of mind that they can eat with ease and enjoy life without any embarrassing situations to worry about.
Dental implants also protect you from the bone loss that often occurs with traditional dentures or dental bridges. When tooth roots are lost, your bone has nothing to support, and it gradually begins to deteriorate. Over time, this impacts the fit of your denture. Bone loss occurs faster with traditional dentures because they put pressure on your jawbone to stay securely in place. This is why traditional dentures have to be relined periodically for a better fit.
Tooth implants are placed into your bone, and they act like a tooth root, which keeps your jawbone stimulated, and keeps it from deteriorating. Implant-supported dentures and bridges often have better longevity for this reason.
If you're living with an ill-fitting denture, or you are considering a dental bridge, or you have concerns about denture slippage, Dr. Joo would love to discuss the possibilities of using tooth implants in Etobicoke to support your restoration.
Caring for Your Tooth Crown or Dental Bridge
Whether you invest in a traditional or implant-supported crown or bridge, keeping it clean and bacteria-free with daily brushing and flossing is imperative. Tooth decay or infection are the enemies of any restoration and could cause it to fail. Your dentist in Etobicoke will discuss the products you should use and the best way for you to keep your tooth crown or dental bridge clean.
Regular checkups with your Etobicoke dentist every six months will also ensure that your tooth crown or dental bridge is healthy and functioning properly. This is why it is so important to be diligent about attending your routine teeth cleanings and checkups.
Contact Toronto Lakeshore Dental to Learn More
Don’t delay in restoring or repairing a compromised tooth, as this can lead to further issues with your oral health. If you have a tooth in need of repair, contact Toronto Lakeshore Dental today. Our dentists are happy to discuss your needs and goals for your smile with you so you can select the procedure that’s right for you.