Crowns (or “caps” as they are frequently referred to) are made of porcelain or metal. Crowns are often recommended if the tooth has had a large filling, has had root canal treatment, or has a broken cusp. Adding a crown offers protection by covering the entire tooth.
Crowns are typically done in two separate appointments. The first appointment, which can be longer, allows the dentist to replace any fillings if needed, and then shape the tooth to prepare it for a full coverage crown. A digital scan is then taken of the tooth and sent to the dental lab where they fabricate a custom crown to fit specifically to your tooth. A temporary crown made of acrylic is fabricated for the patient to have on for approximately two weeks until the permanent crown is completed at the lab.
A second appointment is then needed to remove the temporary crown and permanently cement the final restoration.
A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is fabricated by preparing the tooth or teeth on each side of the missing tooth/teeth for a crown. A digital scan is taken of the preparation and the dental lab then fabricates the final bridge, which is cemented on at a second appointment approximately two weeks later
Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are attached to the front of the teeth to improve esthetics. Veneers can be used to change tooth colour and shape.
If you have any questions about crowns, bridges, or veneers, Brightside Dental Clinic in Saskatoon is here to help. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to request more information or book an appointment.