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Down-town Montreal Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Dr. Cristina Manta

Crowns and bridges Montreal

Dental crowns & dental bridges, a restorative dental technique

Dental crowns & dental bridges are restorative techniques used to repair or replace a tooth. Crowns is used to repair a damaged tooth that cannot be repaired by a filling. A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. A dental bridge is a false tooth that is fused between two crowns and fills in the area left by a missing tooth.

Dental crowns are used most commonly to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth or cover an implant.

Dr. Manta may recommend a crown to:

Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining

  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to shift resulting in a bad bite. This can also lead to gum disease. Dental bridges are commonly used if you’re missing one or more teeth. They cover the space where the teeth are missing and are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space.

Procedure

A dental crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for normal oral function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain fused to metal is often used because it is both a strong material and attractive in its appearance.

A dental bridge is mounted onto a space where teeth are missing and is attached onto a tooth or implant. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutment. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Dr. Manta can help you decide which is best for you, based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations and cost.

For more information, contact us at our downtown dental clinic or call at 514-932-1110.