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Crowns & Bridges

Crowns & Bridges

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Dental crown and bridges

Our teeth are designed to stand up to daily chewing, and routine wear and tear, when they are in good condition.

However, one can experience a wide variety of conditions such as teeth grinding, fractures, infections, tooth decay, or just the natural aging process that weakens or damages your teeth. Even something unexpected like losing a tooth due to a sports injury, or an automobile accident. 

Crowns and bridges are customized tooth restorations that we either cement onto existing teeth or implants to replace missing teeth and protect damaged teeth. Both will improve your smile and boost your confidence and allow you to get back to your normal routine.

How do dental crowns work?

Dental crowns are often called caps because they cover an entire tooth down to the gumline. Depending on the material, crowns are strong and durable and can last up to many years when you care for them properly. 


Our dentists often use dental crowns in the following ways:


  • To protect a weak tooth
  • Restore a cracked tooth
  • Replacing a large filling
  • Strengthen a worn-down and/or broken tooth
  • Conceal discoloured and misshapen teeth
  • Strengthen a root canal-treated tooth

Dental Bridges replace missing teeth

For patients with one or two missing teeth in a row, we recommend getting a dental bridge or an implant to fill the gap. Space between your teeth can cause surrounding teeth to shift and create tooth misalignment.

Misalignment can cause many issues, such as: 

Getting a dental crown or bridge

Getting a dental crown or bridge requires two visits to Cochrane Valley Dental clinic, where we perform the following steps:

  • Reshape the existing tooth so the crown or bridge will fit properly
  • Take impressions of the tooth that a custom dental lab uses to create your final crown or bridge
  • Select a shade of white for your restoration to match the surrounding teeth
  • Place a temporary crown or bridge on the prepared tooth to protect it until your final restoration is ready
  • When your new crown or bridge is ready, you will return to Cochrane Valley Dental for your second appointment. At this time, our dentist will remove your temporary, check the new restoration for fit and comfort, and cement it securely on your tooth.

Crowns and Bridges Explained: FAQs

Many of our patients are curious about what they can expect during their appointments.

After the dentist administers anesthesia, the patient should not experience any discomfort. However, after the procedure, they may feel some tooth sensitivity and possibly some gum soreness, both of which will dissipate within a few days.
What should patients expect after the procedure?
Following restorative or cosmetic dentistry, patients may need to eat a soft diet and avoid chewing sticky foods on the side of the mouth where the work was done.

Crowns and bridges can last for many years, sometimes up to 10-15 years or more with proper maintenance.

Remember to brush and floss your bridges daily, just like you would with natural teeth.

Your dentist will demonstrate how to use a floss threader to clean around the artificial tooth (or teeth) in the middle of the bridge. It’s important to have regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings.

If you have an implant bridge, your dentist will instruct you on how to care for it properly.

Related Doctors

Dr. Neerja Khosla

General Dentist

Dr. Neerja Khosla has been a dentist for over 30 years. She loves dentistry and is very passionate and committed to her profession.


To ensure the safety of our patients and staff and to prevent   the spread of COVID-19, At Cochrane Valley Dental ,we have implemented several initiatives for the protection of our staff and patients .

  • Covid19 screening form 
  • Temp check for both staff and patients 
  • air purifiers/filters to prevent aerosol contamination 
  • Enhanced PPE and disinfection