Lakeridge Dentistry practices restorative dentistry in order to treat conditions that can become painful and bothersome in the teeth, gums, and maxillofacial areas. No matter if you have a cracked or chipped tooth, or need a full mouth restoration, we offer everything from tooth-coloured fillings and crowns to bridges and dentures. Using the latest, state-of-the-art technology, your restored smile can now look more natural than ever before.
If your tooth has been damaged but not lost, a good restorative option is a crown. Used to restore the shape, appearance and function of damaged teeth, crowns or caps are hollow, artificial teeth used to cover your damaged or decayed teeth. You may need a crown if you have a broken tooth, a filling in your tooth or a root canal. Crowns restore the teeth and protect them from further damage. They can also be used to cover discoloured or misshapen teeth. Teeth that have been fixed with crowns look and work very much like your natural teeth.
A dental bridge is a restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It is literally a bridge that extends across a gap in your smile and is typically made up of an artificial tooth fused between 2 crowns. The bridge is held firmly in place by your natural teeth on each side of the gap, or by dental implants. A bridge is permanent and cannot be removed.
Types of Bridges
There are several different types of dental bridges. Your dentist from Lakeridge Dentistry will recommend the most appropriate one for you, depending on the location of your missing tooth (or teeth) and the condition of your remaining teeth, mouth and gums.
Caring for Your Dental Bridge
No matter what type of dental bridge you have, if you take good care it, it should generally last for about 10 years. Like natural teeth, bridges need to be brushed and flossed every day to maintain your oral hygiene. Your dentist will show you how to properly floss under and around your artificial tooth (or teeth) in the middle of the bridge. If you have an implant bridge, your dentist will show you how to properly care for them. Regular dental checkups and professional cleanings are also important.