Dental trauma and decay can be extremely damaging to oral health, self-esteem, and overall well-being. Luckily the team at White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is dedicated to helping patients restore not just the form and function of their smiles but the appearance as well. We offer restoration for severely damaged teeth with dental crowns, and replacement for one to three consecutive teeth with crown supported fixed bridges. Patients in need of smile restoration in Scarborough and nearby communities should contact Dr. Amaro and her skilled dentistry team to schedule a smile restoration consultation.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are used to restore and protect teeth that have been damaged due to trauma or decay. At White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we work with patients to develop a treatment plan that preserves natural dental structure while providing long-lasting results that also look natural. Dental crowns resemble the visual portion of a tooth, and fit over the top of remaining dental structure to restore shape, size, and structure to a bite. When patients have experienced too much damage for more conservative restorations like tooth colored fillings, inlays, or onlays, a dental crown gives the dentist and patient an opportunity to preserve severely damaged teeth. Some of the reasons patients receive dental crowns include:

  • Tooth decay/trauma – patients with dental decay that has damaged more than one surface of the tooth and those who have fillings or restorations that have cracked or chipped may benefit from the added structure and stability of dental crowns.
  • Root canal therapy – patients with root canal infection experience decay inside of their tooth in the soft “pulp” layer. The treatment for these infections calls for the removal and replacement of the entire inner structure of the tooth. A dental crown placed over the tooth at the conclusion of root canal therapy preserves remaining tooth structure, and protects the treated areas from further decay.
  • Dental implant single tooth replacement – to replace a single missing tooth, a crown can be attached to a single dental implant post.

Fixed Dental Bridge

Crown and bridge tooth replacement utilizes two dental crowns placed over healthy teeth that anchor a replacement, “bridge,” tooth. Patients missing between 1 and 3 consecutive teeth may wish to have a fixed bridge placed to restore their smiles. A bridge consists of two abutment crowns and one or more replacement teeth. The entire prosthetic is placed as a unit with crowns over healthy teeth on either side of the gap. Crown and bridge is a popular option because it is semi-permanent meaning patients don’t need to remove the prosthetic for cleaning or eating, and the restoration looks, feels, and functions like a natural tooth. One drawback to crown and bridge tooth replacement is that healthy teeth are damaged in preparation to support the prosthetic via abutment crowns. For this reason, dental implant tooth replacement has become a popular alternative.

Find Out More About Dental Crowns & Fixed Bridges

If you’re missing one or more consecutive teeth, crown and bridge tooth replacement may be a great, permanent dental restoration option. To find out more about restoring and replacing teeth with dental crowns and bridges, contact White Willow Family & Cosmetic Dentistry today.