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When Are Crowns And Bridges Needed?

Avoiding dental visits causes bigger problems. It actually increases the chance of problems that require restorative work to improve your smile, like crowns or bridges. At Astra Dental in North York Toronto, ON, Dr. Ana Santana Guerrero and her team can help.

Crowns Versus Bridges

A crown is made of porcelain, metal, or ceramic material, and completely covers the tooth. Nowadays Dr. Ana Santana Guerrero mostly uses IPS e.max and Zirconia crowns as they are aesthetic, strong, and only need minimal reduction of tooth structure. A crown replaces tooth enamel, the protective layer of the tooth, and bonds on top of a healthy rooted tooth to reinforce teeth.

A bridge is an oral appliance that's attached to two natural teeth on either side of a gap to replace the missing tooth. The covered natural teeth are called abutments and the tooth in the center is called a pontic, which is a false tooth.

Who Needs Crowns or Bridges?

Crowns are placed over healthy teeth to provide crowns with plenty of support. So, in other words, the crown is just a superficial covering like a protective helmet for the tooth, but before you can get a crown, your dentist examines your teeth using X-rays to confirm the health of your tooth. So you can get a crown if there's a severe cavity that requires a lot of tooth removal. You're especially a good candidate for a crown if you've undergone a root canal as the tooth needs to be protected to avoid fractures.

A good candidate for crowns is usually a good candidate for bridges. Bridges are an economically smart choice if you're looking to replace one or several missing teeth. Your dentist uses bridges as a secure and semi-permanent solution that restores speech and eating.

How to Care for Crowns and Bridges

Simply brush and floss every day. Remember to make healthy lifestyle choices, like choose fruits and vegetables, and avoid sugary foods. Proper care means crowns and bridges will last for many years.

Contact your Toronto Dentist

If you'd like to learn which option is best for you, you should call Astra Dental in North York Toronto, ON, at (416) 640-0070. Dr. Ana Santana Guerrero can help determine which option is best for you.

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