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Prosthodontics - dentures, crowns, bridges and veneers

Prosthodontics refers to the area of dentistry that involves prosthetic teeth. This can be dentures or bridges to replace missing teeth, or crowns and veneers to cover up areas of teeth or protect teeth that need it.
Crowns, also known as caps, are restorations that are custom-built for your tooth. These restorations are typically used on teeth that have very large fillings or on badly broken down teeth that cannot be fixed with fillings alone.
Crowns can be used on cracked teeth to help prevent expansion of these cracks and tooth fracture. Crowns are also used to protect root-canal treated teeth as these teeth tend to be more brittle and susceptible to fracture.

We typically use four types of crowns:

  • Gold crowns
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns
  • All-porcelain crowns
  • Zirconia crowns / Porcelain fused to Zirconia crowns

Porcelain fused to Zirconia and all-porcelain crowns can be used on the front teeth because of their more natural appearance. However, they tend to not be as strong as the other types of crowns. Full-gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal or zirconia crowns are used on back teeth because of their strength and durability.

Making a customized crown at our clinic usually requires at least 2 appointments:

Appointment 1

  • The tooth is shaped/prepared to create space for the crown
  • A precise impression is made of the prepared tooth
  • A customized design is prescribed to the laboratory on how the crown will be built
  • A custom temporary crown is made and placed on the tooth

Appointment 2 (typically 1 week later)

  • Dentist verifies fit and shade of the permanent crown
  • Restoration is permanently cemented in place
Veneers are similar to crowns in that they cover up the front facing aspect of the tooth. However, veneers are not full coverage restorations. A veneer is usually fabricated to sit on the front of your front teeth, this allows the porcelain to cover up any unsightly defects. This also gives a beautifully aesthetic result which doesn’t require cutting away too much tooth structure (in some cases, we don’t need to cut any tooth away at all). Veneers often take 2 appointments and the procedure is quite similar to what is needed when preparing a tooth to have a crown.

Bridges are permanent restorations used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge consists of at least one anchor tooth that has a crown on it, as well as the missing tooth which is attached to the anchor tooth.

Replacing a missing tooth can result in improved chewing function. At the same time, missing teeth may lead to abnormal shifting or tilting of adjacent teeth or excessive eruption of opposing teeth. Having missing teeth may result in abnormal forces on remaining teeth which can cause bone loss and the eventual loss of these teeth.

Once the bridge is cemented in place, special care needs to be taken to keep the teeth and gums clean. As the anchor teeth and missing teeth are attached, a special flossing technique is needed to keep the area clean. Our office will explain this procedure in detail.

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