All About Bridges, Fillings, & Crowns

If you’ve been to the dentist recently, you may have heard of bridges, fillings, and crowns. These are all common dental procedures that help to keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking great. But what exactly are these procedures, and what are the benefits of each? In this blog post, we will discuss bridges, fillings, and crowns: what they are and their benefits. You’ll learn what each of these treatments does, why they might be needed, and how they can help keep your smile looking beautiful for years to come.

Bridges

Bridges are a type of dental restoration used to replace missing teeth. They are typically made of porcelain fused with metal or ceramics and are custom-made to match your natural teeth. A bridge can be anchored to the existing teeth (known as abutment teeth) or to dental implants, and it spans the area where the missing tooth once was.

Bridges help to restore your bite, maintain the shape of your face, and help you speak and chew properly. The benefits of bridges include improved aesthetics and better oral health. Bridges are also more cost-effective than dentures or implants, making them a good option for people on a budget.

Fillings

A common type of filling is dental amalgam, a combination of metals such as silver and mercury. This material is strong and long-lasting but could be more aesthetic, so it is typically used for back teeth where aesthetics are less important.

Composite fillings, made of a mixture of plastic resin and ceramic, are becoming more popular because they can match the color of your teeth. This makes them an ideal choice for front teeth. Composite fillings are usually used for smaller cavities since they are less durable than dental amalgam.

Composite fillings are also less likely to cause allergic reactions since they are free of mercury. They can also be placed in one appointment rather than two and require less tooth drilling.

Lastly, composite fillings don’t expand and contract like amalgam fillings, reducing the risk of future cracking and damage to the tooth.

Crowns

The benefits of crowns are numerous. Crowns protect a weakened tooth from breaking and preserve the natural structure of the tooth. Crowns also restore the tooth’s normal function, enabling you to chew and speak normally without pain.

By covering the visible part of the tooth, crowns can also improve the aesthetics of your smile. Furthermore, crowns can help to correct a wide range of dental problems, such as cracked or broken teeth, large fillings, cosmetic concerns, and more.

Bottom Line

Bridges, fillings, and crowns are essential dental procedures that can help protect your teeth, improve oral health, and give you a more attractive smile. 

At Cloverdale Dental Centre, our team of experienced dentists, Dr. Scott Jung and Dr. Alex Earmme, can provide you with quality care to ensure the desired outcome for your dental needs. If you’re interested in learning more about these services or booking an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to assist you.