Missing or damaged teeth are detrimental to your oral health and self-confidence. Dr. France Cavalier offers a wide variety of options
to restore the beauty, health, and functionality of your smile. Crowns and bridges are among the most common restorations. They have been used since the early days of dentistry, though the procedures and materials have improved dramatically with today’s advanced technology.
A traditional crown is used to protect a weak or damaged tooth, when a filling is insufficient. It shrouds the tooth in a thick, protective layer, usually made of porcelain. In some dental offices, you may have to wait several weeks while your crown is manufactured at a far-away dental laboratory. Dr. Chevalier’s office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including the E4D in-office milling system. Here, dental crowns are a single visit procedure.
Dr. Chevalier begins preparing the tooth by removing the diseased and damaged portion. Depending on the amount of healthy tooth material, it may be built up with a resin material or reduced in size. She will shape it carefully, for optimal retention of the restoration.
When the tooth is ready, she will take a digital impression. The doctor will design your crown using sophisticated software
, and send the data to the milling machine. Your crown is sculpted from a high strength, color matched, metal-free material. She will check the appearance and fit of the crown before cementing it in place.
The entire procedure is completed within a week
. When completed, your restored tooth will look beautiful and natural – as if your smile had always been flawless. With proper care, a dental crown should last for many years.
A bridge is used to replace one or several missing teeth. The prosthetic teeth, called pontics, are permanently attached to dental crowns. Typically, there is a single pontic, or several in a row, with a crown at each end. The crowns are placed over the teeth on either side of the gap, providing solid support for the pontics. It literally bridges the gap in your smile.
The procedure for a bridge is very similar to that of a crown. The supporting teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and the bridge is fabricated right here in our office.
Crowns and bridges can be economical, long-lasting solutions to a variety of dental problems. However, they are not the only options. Depending on the nature of your concerns, fillings, bonding, dentures, or implants may be viable alternatives. Dr. Chevalier will always perform a comprehensive evaluation and explain all of your options
before planning any treatment. She will help you make the best choice for your health, appearance, and budget. Call +1 (613) 233-1118
for more information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chevalier.