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Bridge, crown & inlay

In dentistry, we use a variety of treatment options to strengthen damaged teeth and restore the full function of the smile. In this sense, we are pleased to offer several restoration options at our Blainville dental clinic: bridges, crowns and dental inlays.

Whatever your dental needs, our dentist Dr. Seica will be able to evaluate them and propose a solution that is well adapted to you. Whether it is to protect a tooth weakened by an oral disease or by an important filling, or to replace a missing tooth, we have a solution adapted to your dental needs.

When do we use the different
dental restoration options ?

Dental crown

A dental crown is an artificial, hollow tooth that is used to cover a tooth that is damaged to give it more structure so that it can continue to fulfill its role in chewing. A crown can be used to cover a tooth that has fractured, a tooth that has received a large filling or a root canal. A crown can also overcome a dental implant to replace a missing tooth. In some cases, a crown is used for cosmetic purposes to cover teeth that are discolored or deformed. In sum, in many cases with dental crowns, we aim to protect the tooth that is already damaged from further damage.

At our clinic, we design dental crowns in composite or porcelain. Each material has its own advantages. Our team will select the type of crown best suited to your dental needs.

The dental bridge

If a permanent tooth is extracted or falls out due to a dental problem, it is very important to replace it. This will prevent misalignment of the remaining teeth, as well as prevent future problems that may arise. In such cases, a dental bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth or even two adjacent teeth.

A dental bridge, also called a “fixed bridge”, is made up of one or two artificial teeth (the pontic part) that are attached between two dental crowns. These two crowns are themselves installed on the two natural teeth that frame the space left by the missing tooth or teeth. These two healthy teeth are prepared by the dentist to receive the crowns: they are the abutment teeth.

A dental bridge is generally an economical and versatile option for replacing a missing tooth.

Dental inlay

A dental inlay is usually made of porcelain. It is a type of dental restoration that is used to solidify teeth that are weakened, for example as a result of deep decay. It is a restoration that is custom-made for the patient’s dentition. It is a stronger, more durable and more aesthetic solution than fillings to heal and strengthen a tooth!

The design of the various
types of dental restorations

The design and placement of a dental crown

  • Under local anesthesia, we begin to prepare the damaged tooth that is to receive the crown. To do this, the dentist removes some of the enamel from the tooth, which creates enough space for the crown ;
  • Using the iTero scan, we take digital impressions of the tooth that will receive the crown and the neighboring teeth, to design a crown that will fit well among the teeth;
  • UA temporary crown is installed until the permanent crown is fabricated. The permanent crown is made in the laboratory;
  • At a second appointment, the permanent crown is placed in the mouth. We make the final adjustments and the crown is cemented into place.

The design and installation of a dental bridge

  • We must first prepare the two abutment teeth to receive the crowns that will support the bridge;
  • Using the iTero scan, we make digital impressions of the abutment teeth and neighboring teeth to design a bridge that will fit perfectly with the patient’s teeth ;
  • The bridge is fabricated in the laboratory. At a second appointment, the bridge is attached to the abutment teeth and we make final adjustments to ensure that the bridge is stable and that the patient is comfortable with their new fixed bridge.

The design of an inlay

  • The damaged tooth must first be prepared by the dentist ;
  • We then take digital impressions of the tooth using the iTero scan ;
  • The measurements are sent to the laboratory, which makes the porcelain inlay. Meanwhile, the dentist makes a temporary restoration to protect the tooth;
  • At a second appointment, the inlay is cemented into place.