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The dentists at Dentistry At University Downs always fully review your options when these more comprehensive restorations are recommended by us or desired by you.

A Crown (also known as a “cap”) is a type of tooth restoration reserved for teeth that have significant cracks and/or large fillings or large areas of dental decay. A crown is cemented over the tooth to the gumline thereby protecting the underlying tooth from being further damaged. Crowns are made of a porcelain, metal (such as gold), or a mixture of porcelain and metal. Which material is used is based on the specific situation for which the crown is recommended and the desires of the patient. Most crowns at our Waterloo dental office utilize the more esthetic porcelain material but the choice is ultimately up to our patients.

Crowns can be used as part of a larger treatment plan with veneers to improve a patient’s smile as in the example below.

This patient expressed concern with a darkening at the base of his old crowns on the two upper front teeth.  They served him well, but was the best that could be accomplished at the time they were made. New all-porcelain, more esthetic crowns were made.  Also, the colour and contour of the other upper front teeth were modified using veneers to create a more welcoming smile.

A Bridge is an esthetic, non-removable restoration used to replace one or more absent teeth in the mouth. For a bridge to be constructed, the teeth on either side of the absent tooth space are prepared for crowns and then an esthetic, artificial tooth is attached to the crowns thereby filling in the tooth gap.  Similar to a crown, a bridge can be made of porcelain, metal, or a mixture of porcelain and metal.