You can trust the staff at South 40 Dental in Sexsmith, Alberta, to help restore the health of your smile with professional dental crowns and bridges.
If you have a tooth that is decayed, has an older or failing filling, has had a root canal performed on it and doesn’t yet have a crown placed, or it seems weakened/cracked, a crown (sometimes referred to as a ‘cap’) may be required to ensure that the tooth doesn’t have additional trauma/breakage. In cases like this, a filling or bonding will not be sufficient to restore the tooth.
The dental crown procedure usually requires two appointments.
1. The first appointment is to prepare the tooth by removing the old filling or decay, and reshaping the tooth to accommodate the crown.
2. An impression is taken of the prepared tooth, a temporary crown is fabricated, and the impression is sent off to a lab for the permanent dental crown to be made.
3. Once the lab has fabricated your permanent dental crown, you will have the temporary dental crown removed, and the permanent one placed, during a second appointment.
At South 40 Dental, we offer CEREC® same-day crowns! The benefits of same day crowns is that it is cost effective and saves time restoring damaged teeth. The entire procedure can be up to 2 hours.
Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.
The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. A mold is then taken of the area and this is sent to a dental lab, where it is used to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible.
The dental bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth. The dentist will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent dental bridge.
This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look more appealing than having a missing tooth.
When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow-up visit to set the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and the dentist will then use an adhesive to make sure that the bridge is set.
The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it should feel like you have your own teeth back again.