167 Worthington St. E, North Bay, ON, P1B 1G4
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Crowns & Bridges

Our dentists working together to achieve one goal – your perfect smile

Dental Crowns

When teeth become severely decayed, treatment to save the tooth will require more than a simple filling. At Dentistry on Worthington, we do our best to help your maintain your natural healthy smile. Crowns provide patients the ability to save as much of the tooth structure as possible. A crown is in essence a 'cap' designed specially for the individual tooth, encasing it in protective material to prevent further damage. Dental crowns may also be used to protect teeth that are cracked, or to restore a tooth's functionality.

If a tooth has severe decay, it is likely to fracture and lose a considerable amount of tooth substance.

Worse yet, the tooth may continue to fracture below the gum line making its restoration difficult and in some cases even impossible.

Crowns can be made of gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all porcelain. Each material has its own advantages such as aesthetics, strength and durability. Your dentist will help you determine which material is ideal for your case.

Dental Crown Procedure

Your Dentistry on Worthington professional will begin your treatment by taking an impression mold to send to a laboratory. A proper temporary crown will be placed on the damaged tooth during this visit as well to protect the tooth from further damage. Once the permanent restoration is completed, it will be cemented onto the tooth or adhesive bond in your next appointment.

Caring for your Dental Crown

Your dentist will inform you how to properly care for your dental crown. Generally speaking, it is important that proper oral hygiene is maintained such as regular brushing and flossing to fight and remove plaque which causes tooth decay. Biting hard objects such as crab shells, nut shells, bones etc. may cause damage to your dental crown. Also fingernail biting and teeth grinding should be avoided. The lifespan of your dental crown, like all dental restorations, is largely dependent upon how you care for them.

Dental Bridges

When one or more teeth is missing, it can greatly affect a patient's smile along with their self confidence. However, make no mistake, missing teeth can create much bigger problems aside from aesthetic appearance. Tooth loss can cause a change in occlusion(bite), speech impediments, shifting of the teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder, as well as an increased risk for tooth decay and periodontal disease.

At Dentistry on Worthington, you can replace your lost teeth without the use of a dental implant or denture. A bridge is essentially a false tooth that is held in place by being attached to adjacent teeth. The disadvantage is that the adjacent teeth must be prepared in a manner similar to a crown in order for the bridge to fit. This is not a problem if the adjacent teeth already have major restorations or crowns, but your dentist may express some concern if the surrounding teeth has little to no restorations.

Dental Bridge Procedure

We will begin by taking X-rays and impressions of the teeth requiring the bridge. Your dentist will also examine the health of your gums and other teeth to determine whether a dental bridge is in fact ideal for you. Once your candidacy is determined, you be be administered a local anesthetic to allow for the prepping of the teeth requiring the bridge.

If the teeth that will be supporting the bridge are badly broken or decayed, your dentist may have to build them back up in order for the teeth to properly accept the bridge.

Next your dentist will take an impression of the teeth to create a model to send to the laboratory, where your bridge will be fabricated so that it precisely fits your smile. It is important that your dental bridge fits perfectly to avoid future tooth decay.

Caring for your Dental Bridge

Your dentist will instruct you how to properly care for your dental bridge to maintain its performance and longevity. A specialized bridge floss threader will help you to properly floss in between the areas surrounding the bridge and between the pontic to ensure the health of your gums and teeth. Floss daily to prevent the accumulation of plaque and bacteria as well as brushing regularly with a proper fluoride toothpaste.