Restoring Smiles with Crowns & Bridges: A Comprehensive Guide

Crowns and bridges are dental restorations used to replace missing teeth and restore your smile’s shape, function, and appearance.

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Restoring Smiles with Crowns & Bridges in Nepean Ontario

What are Crowns & Bridges?

Crowns and bridges are dental restorations that replace missing teeth and restore your smile’s shape, function, and appearance. Crowns cover damaged teeth or dental implants, while bridges fill the gaps left by missing teeth, providing a durable and aesthetically pleasing solution.

What are Crowns & Bridges made of?

Crowns and bridges are typically made of ceramic, porcelain, acrylic, gold, metal alloys, or a combination of these materials. These materials are chosen for their durability, strength, and ability to closely match the natural appearance of teeth.

When might you need a Dental Crown?

You will benefit from a dental crown placed over your natural tooth if you have one or more of the following issues:

  • A Severely discolored tooth
  • A Misshapen tooth
  • A Missing tooth
  • A Dental implant
  • A Fractured tooth
  • A Cracked tooth
  • A Large filling

Anterior Crowns - Before & After


The Crown Procedure

At Dr. Yu Dentistry, we follow a comprehensive process to ensure that your crown fits comfortably and looks natural. The procedure typically involves the following steps:

1. Initial Consultation and Examination:

Dr. Serene Yu will thoroughly examine your tooth and discuss your goals and concerns during your first appointment. X-rays and impressions may be taken to assist in planning the treatment.

2. Tooth Preparation:

A small portion of the tooth's enamel will be removed to create space to accommodate the crown. This step is essential for ensuring a proper fit and preventing the crown from feeling bulky or uncomfortable.

3. Impressions and Shade Matching:

Once the tooth is prepared, impressions will be taken to create a model that goes to the dental laboratory, which then uses the model to fabricate your custom crown. Your desired shade will also be carefully matched to ensure a consistent blend with your natural teeth.

4. Temporary Crown Placement:

While the laboratory produces your custom permanent crown, in the interim a temporary crown will be prepared by the dentist and placed on the tooth being restored. This is done to protect the prepared tooth and allow you to continue your routine activities.

5. Permanent Crown Placement:

During your second appointment, your temporary crown will be taken away, and your new, permanent, custom-made crown will be carefully fitted and adjusted by the dentist with the objective of providing you optimal comfort and bite alignment. Dr. Yu will ensure that

What does a Dental Bridge do?

In the situation that one or more of your teeth are missing or damaged, in those cases, a dental bridge can be the best treatment for restoring your teeth and your smile, preventing further dental issues. A bridge is made of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) that are anchored by crowns on either side, effectively "bridging" the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth. At Dr. Yu Dentistry, we offer various types of bridges, including:

Traditional Bridges

A traditional dental bridge is a dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth by anchoring to the adjacent natural teeth.

It consists of a false tooth (or teeth) called a pontic, which is held in place by dental crowns cemented onto the surrounding teeth.

This type of bridge is a reliable and durable solution, effectively restoring the function and appearance of the smile.

Cantilever Bridges

A cantilever dental bridge is a dental restoration designed to replace a missing tooth, supported by just one adjacent tooth instead of two.

This involves placing a dental crown on the adjacent tooth to secure the pontic.

Cantilever bridges provide a fixed restoration option for individuals who might not otherwise qualify for a traditional bridge.

Maryland Bonded Bridges:

A Maryland bonded bridge is a type of dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth, which is minimally invasive.

It features a false tooth (pontic) with metal or porcelain wings on either side that are bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth.

This method provides a conservative and fixed solution for tooth replacement without the need for crowns on the adjacent teeth.

The process of getting a dental bridge is similar to that of a crown, involving tooth preparation, impressions, and multiple appointments for temporary and permanent placement. Dr. Yu and her team will guide you through each step, ensuring a comfortable and successful outcome.

What are the Benefits of Crowns & Bridges?

Restoring your teeth with crowns and bridges provides a large number of benefits, which are more than simply enhancing the appearance of your smile. These restorations can:

1. Restore proper chewing function

Restore proper chewing function, allowing you to chew efficiently and thereby enjoy a wider variety of foods, which helps you maintain a balanced diet.

2. Prevent further tooth damage or loss

Prevent further tooth damage or loss by protecting weakened teeth and distributing biting forces evenly.

3. Improve speech clarity

Improve speech clarity by restoring the proper shape and alignment of your teeth.

4. A confidence Boost

Boost your confidence and self-esteem by enhancing the aesthetics of your smile.

5. Preserve Tooth Alignment

Preserve the alignment and positioning of your remaining natural teeth, preventing potential shifting or drifting.

Anterior Bridge & Crown - Before & After


Care and Maintenance

To ensure the longevity and success of your crowns and/or bridges, it is imperative that you maintain an excellent oral hygiene habit and follow the care instructions Dr. Yu and her team provide you with. This includes:

Brushing your Teeth

Brushing your teeth morning and night, or after every meal using a soft-bristled toothbrush and using a fluoride toothpaste.


Flossing once daily to remove food debris and plaque from around the crowns and bridges.

Avoid sticky foods

Avoiding hard or sticky foods which have the potential of dislodging or damaging your restorations.

Regular Checkups

Regular dental check-ups and cleanings. To check and monitor the maintenance and condition of your crowns and/or bridges.

Following these guidelines, your crowns and bridges could last for many years, providing you with a beautiful, functional, and healthy smile. For more details from the ODA please click here

Crowns and bridges are versatile and effective restorative solutions that can transform your smile, improve your oral health, and help enhance your overall quality of life.

At Dr. Yu Dentistry, we are committed to providing our patients with the best level of dental care and expertise, ensuring that every crown and bridge we place is of exceptional quality and designed to last.

With our advanced techniques, personalized approach, and commitment to complete patient satisfaction, you can trust that your smile is in the best hands. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve a beautiful, functional, and healthy smile through the power of crowns and bridges.

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About Dr. Serene Yu and
Dr. Yu Dentistry

Dr. Serene Yu is the principal dentist at Dr. Yu Dentistry in Nepean, Ontario. She is passionate about providing top notch dental care to her patients.

Dr. Yu earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. She is a member of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario and the Ontario Dental Association, ensuring she stays up-to-date with the latest advancements in dentistry.

Dr. Yu Dentistry is committed to delivering high-quality restorative treatments using modern technologies and techniques, including crowns and bridges. Our team of qualified, licensed and experienced dental professionals are dedicated to creating individual treatment plans that are personalized and tailored to each patient’s unique needs and goals.

If you are considering dental treatments that include crowns or bridges with the objective of restoring your smile, we would like to invite you to book an appointment to schedule a consultation with Dr. Serene Yu by visiting our website at or calling us at (613) 225-6550. 

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Restore Lost, Loose or Damaged Teeth in Nepean ON

At Dr. Yu Dentistry in Nepean, Ontario, our dentists specialize in designing crowns and bridges that provide a healthy, bright, and naturally attractive smile. Our procedures are highly effective for restoring teeth that are infected, damaged, or missing. Our doctors expertly complete these procedures to look natural while addressing oral health issues, allowing patients to regain tooth functionality without visible signs of dental work.