At Dental Reflections, our goal is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. We create crowns and fillings with restorations that look and feel like your natural teeth.
Dental crowns improve the appearance and durability of broken-down teeth and make the smile appear “as new”. This is an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe of dental problems caused through accidents, diseases or wear. Dental crowns can replace missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite. In teeth with root canal fillings, dental crowns can prevent breakage.
New advancements in dental materials allow us to use high-grade porcelain crowns such as CEREC that are completely metal-free. We are renowned for the quality of our work and the fantastic changes we make for people using this technology.
Fitting a dental crown usually requires two visits to our practice. Initially your dentist will remove decay, shape the tooth to allow room for the crown to sit on top of the prepared tooth. A temporary crown is then placed while the definitive crown is being created.
On your next visit your dentist will remove the temporary crown, and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, your dentist will cement the crown into place and you will have a new beautiful looking tooth!
Local anesthetic makes this procedure no more difficult than a regular filling. Once your dental crown has been cemented and adjusted you should almost be able to forget it is there! Just remember to care for it properly as you would for your natural tooth.
At Dental Reflections all dental crown cases are assessed by our experienced and skilled dentists, Dr Fernando Afonso and Dr Sean Archibald.
Restore a healthy smile with dental crowns!
Crowns and Bridges Video
It’s hard to feel confident when your smile is in ruins. Worn, damaged teeth or teeth missing altogether can make you feel self-conscious. The good news is modern dentistry can restore your smile beautifully with crowns and bridgework.
When a significant amount of tooth has been lost from decay or injury, yet it’s still worth saving, a crown may be your best option. Crowns fortify and restore damaged teeth allowing them to function normally again and look like completely natural teeth.
So what are the steps involved in crowning a tooth? First, your dentist will numb the area to make you comfortable then your tooth will be shaped to fit inside its new covering. After the tooth is prepared, your dentist will take an impression. What happens next will depend on whether your dentist makes the crown right in the office, or more commonly, has it made in a dental laboratory. There, highly-skilled technicians will create a crown made of porcelain, metal or a combination of the two, that looks great and functions perfectly within your bite. This might take a few weeks so before you leave the office, your dentist will attach a temporary crown to your tooth to protect it. At the next visit, your permanent crown will be cemented or bonded to your tooth.
When a tooth is beyond repair or missing, you have two excellent options: A dental implant with a crown is considered by most professionals to be the best solution.
Your next best option is a 3-unit fixed bridge using the natural teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth are crowned and then used to support another crown in between bridging the space like a bridge spanning a river. Longer bridges can be created to span larger gaps from multiple missing teeth.
There are other types of bridges as well. All of them have advantages and disadvantages, which you’ll need to discuss with your dentist. Your crown or bridgework should feel comfortable and blend with your natural teeth. Restored teeth require the same conscientious care as the rest of your teeth. Be sure to brush and floss every day to reduce the build-up of dental plaque. This will help keep your smile looking great for years to come.
To find out if crowns or bridgework can restore your smile, make an appointment today to learn more.