Crowns - Bridges - Dentures
The crown is a covering (or artificial replacement) of the visible part of a tooth while protecting the remaining structure.
It can be used to cover damaged teeth, having suffered large fillings or root canal treatment, discolored or fragile. It may also improve bad position, shape or contact between the teeth not to mention the color.
The fabrication of a crown takes us at least two sessions. At the first meeting, the tooth will be prepared for the crown, an imprint will be taken and a temporary crown will be implemented on the prepared tooth. At the next visit, the temporary crown will be replaced by the final crown that will be cemented in place. Some adjustments may be required.
A few appointments only, you can give your smile a natural appearance!
The bridge is a structure cemented on the remaining teeth that allows the replacement of one or several missing teeth. It is fixed permanently and can last for several years.
At the first visit, the teeth on either side of the edentulous space are reduced to accommodate the structure. The dental technician creates a frame for support and the outer layer is made of porcelain.
In a next appointment, the bridge is cemented in place.
In addition to improving the oral appearance, this treatment prevents other teeth from moving which could cause various problems : the articulation of the jaw and ear pain, headaches and mastication less efficient.
The bridges are a safe process of replacing teeth and in addition, they improve the appearance of the teeth.
You have any other questions? Our team will be happy to guide you!
INSTRUCTION FOLLOWING VENEER, CROWN AND BRIDGE PROCEDURES
Congratulations on your new fixed prosthesis. This type of restoration is considered to be the most durable.
I would like to make you aware of certain recommendations regarding the necessary care and maintenance of your bridge, crown or veneer.
- Don’t chew on any “hard” food for the first few days. It takes 24 hours for the cement to harden completely.
- The teeth may become sensitive following cementation, but this soreness should gradually disappear. (If needed, take anti-inflammatory such as Advil or Aspirin or analgesics such as Tylenol). If the tooth remains sensitive for more than 8 weeks, consult your treating dentist.
- If your teeth become sensitive when you bite, it may mean that the crown is too high. You should then return for a minor adjustment.
- Be sure to maintain a proper dental hygiene. Even though the crown or veneer cannot form a cavity, the tooth supporting it still can. So keep brushing and flossing.
INSTRUCTIONS FOLLOWING THE INSERTION OF REMOVABLE
PROSTHESIS (PARTIALS, DENTURES)
We would like to make a few suggestions so that you might get used to your partials more rapidly.
- A prosthetic appliance made to replace natural teeth will never work as well as your “natural teeth”. The chewing forces are now supported by the gums rather than the teeth.
- There is always an “adaptation period” before you feel comfortable wearing your new prosthesis*. Your mouth must get used to the appliance and must adapt to new patterns of chewing, talking, etc.
- A lower partial or denture is always more difficult to get used to due to anatomical factors. (presence of the tongue, less surface for support).
*Approximately 6 weeks.
- Eat soft foods for the first few days. Avoid hard foods such as peanuts, steak, etc.
- Your prosthesis may require a few adjustments before they seat comfortably in your mouth. If it hurts, you may take it out or wear it for a shorter time. However, I would ask you to please wear it at least 6 hours before your adjustment appointment so that we may identify where it is hurting you.
- During the first three weeks, wear the prosthesis day and night. Only remove it for cleaning.
- Take off your prosthesis at night so that your gums may breath.
- Place your prosthesis in water when you remove them for long periods. This will avoid distortion.
- Clean your dentures daily with a brush over a sink filled with water. If you drop them the water will cushion the fall.
- For a deeper cleaning, see your pharmacy for commercially available products.
- Never place your denture in bleach.