At Mount Royal Dental, our practice is here to help patients in the Burlington, ON area achieve a smile that is both healthy and beautiful. A cosmetic and restorative dentist can provide options for patients to choose from that can completely rejuvenate the appearance of the smile. When patients visit our practice, they often want to learn about the process of enhancing the smile with dental crowns and bridges.
Crowns, which some patients refer to as “caps,” are restorations that are fabricated from porcelain, zirconia, or gold to cover the natural structure of a tooth. Crowns are meant to improve the appearance of a tooth or to add an extra layer of strength and protection to a tooth that has been weakened. Our practice offers dental crowns for patients who are interested in keeping their smile looking beautiful and ensuring the tooth is strong enough to withstand natural chewing and biting forces without breaking the tooth.
Bridges are fixed restorations that include dental crowns on each end, fused to a false tooth called a pontic. Bridges use the adjacent teeth to support the restoration and replace missing teeth in-between. These restorations can also be made with many materials including gold, porcelain, and zirconia. Dental bridges are a permanent option for tooth replacement but are less expensive than alternatives such as dental implants. They are a step up from using partial dentures for missing teeth.
The process is similar for both crowns and bridges at Mount Royal Dental. We start with a consultation appointment with our dentist to determine if crowns and bridges are the best solution for a patient. Our team may suggest alternatives and give patients the information they need to make a knowledgeable choice as to how to proceed. Then, preparations are made. The tooth that will be covered with the crown (for a bridge as well) is prepared with the removal of a substantial amount of tooth structure. Then, molds are taken and are sent to a dental laboratory for the fabrication of the restoration. This can take approximately one week. However, upon request, we may use our CEREC machine to fabricate a same-day restoration out of porcelain right in our office within 20 minutes. Once the restoration is completed, the patient will have it bonded onto their tooth and will enjoy their fully restored smile!
Most patients can benefit from restorations such as crowns and bridges to repair the function and beauty of their smiles. We do encourage patients to come in for an evaluation and learn about other options that may be available to them. We also educate patients on the benefits of each type of material used to fabricate these repairs. We encourage patients to ask questions during their appointment, so they are fully informed in regard to what to expect.
Crowns are often chosen over alternatives such as porcelain veneers, inlays, onlays, and composite bonding because they are so strong and durable. Our practice takes great care in ensuring cosmetic restorations look completely natural. We work with dental laboratories to match the color, shape, and size of the existing teeth so the new restoration blends in perfectly with the patient’s smile. We want our patients to trust us in transforming their smile while taking great care in ensuring everything looks natural!
At our practice, we love to make you smile! Our team of professionals are here to make sure that patients can obtain the smile they’ve always wanted, while maintaining dental health and wellness. If you live in the Burlington, ON area and are ready to discuss the benefits of treatment with our team, we welcome you to visit our practice at 2043 Mount Forest Drive. Our friendly front office team can be reached to book an appointment by calling (905) 581-9912.