A crown, or “cap” covers the entire tooth. It is used to strengthen a damaged tooth while also improving its shape, appearance and function.
Your Markham dentist may recommend a crown if:
- Your tooth has a large filling
- The tooth has been root canal treated
- To prevent a tooth from fracturing
- To improve the appearance of a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth
There are various types of crown, for example porcelain (tooth coloured) or gold crowns. Speak to your dentist about which crown is best for you.
Gaps in the dentition (teeth) resulting from missing or extracted teeth can cause teeth to drift; resulting in incorrect bite (malocclusion) and an inability to properly chew food. A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth, enabling you to enjoy your favourite foods. Unlike a denture, which can be removed, a bridge is cemented to your teeth. A bridge is supported by two or more teeth, known as abutment teeth. The abutment tooth is usually crowned. Artificial teeth, known as pontics, are then attached to the abutments to replace the missing teeth. Similar to a crown, a bridge is custom made using a variety of materials. Your Markham dentist can guide you in choosing the best option based on the location of the bridge, the number of missing teeth, cost, function and aesthetic needs.