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Incorporating Crowns and Bridges into Your Oral Health Plan

September 10, 2023
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The purpose of this blog is to underscore the importance of crowns and bridges in maintaining optimal oral health. In particular, we will explore how these dental restorations can be incorporated into your individual oral health plan.


Understanding Crowns and Bridges:

Crowns and bridges, prevalent in Toronto dentistry, are dental prosthetics designed to restore and rehabilitate your teeth’ form, functionality, and aesthetics. A dental crown fundamentally acts as a ‘cover’ positioned over a damaged tooth to strengthen and protect it. In contrast, a dental bridge serves to replace a single tooth or more than one missing tooth, ‘bridging’ the gap with artificial teeth known as pontics. They are used when teeth are damaged by decay, cracked, worn, or completely lost due to various dental conditions.

The Role of Crowns and Bridges in Oral Health:

Crowns restore tooth structure by reinforcing and safeguarding the weakened tooth, preventing further damage. On the other hand, bridges replace missing teeth, ensuring that remaining teeth don’t shift positions and maintaining a proper bite alignment. Moreover, crowns and bridges enhance your smile aesthetics, boosting self-confidence and self-esteem.

Types of Crowns and Bridges:

At our Toronto dentistry, we offer various materials for crowns and bridges, including porcelain, ceramic, or combinations of these. Each comes with pros and cons. Porcelain and ceramic options mimic natural tooth color, providing aesthetic appeal, while metal crowns offer superior durability. Cost is another consideration, with metal crowns generally being more affordable than their porcelain counterparts.

The Process of Getting Crowns and Bridges:

The process begins with a dental consultation and evaluation, including X-rays and physical examinations. Preparing the teeth involves shaping the tooth for a crown or preparing the abutment teeth for bridges. Patients usually receive temporary crowns or bridges during the interim period as permanent restorations are being created.

Maintaining Crowns and Bridges:

Routine oral hygiene practices such as brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash are essential for maintaining crowns and bridges. Regular dental check-ups are critical for monitoring and ensuring the health of these restorations. Additionally, hard, tough, chewy, or sticky foods should be avoided as they can potentially damage restorations.

Longevity and Replacement:

The lifespan of crowns and bridges varies but can be upwards of 10-15 years with proper care. Factors affecting their durability include the material used, the patient’s oral hygiene, and the location of the restoration in the mouth. Signs for replacement include discomfort, visible wear, or damage.

Cost and Insurance Coverage:

The cost of crowns and bridges can vary significantly, often dependent on the material used, the complexity of the case, and the specific region. It is advised to check with your insurance provider to understand the extent and total coverage for these restorations.


In conclusion, incorporating crowns and bridges into an oral health plan plays a crucial role in preserving and enhancing your oral health and smile. We encourage all readers to consult with their dentists to determine if crowns and bridges suit their specific dental needs. Rest assured, these restorations can contribute significantly to maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile.


Ashraf Dentistry is well-equipped to provide these services, ensuring every patient receives the oral care they deserve. Contact us today for more information!


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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
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Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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