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The Royal Treatment, Restorative Solutions- Crowns and Bridges

November 10, 2022
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Restorative dentistry aims to replace or repair broken or missing teeth. These treatments enhance the function and health of your teeth.

What is dental restoration?

Restorative dentistry is different from cosmetic dentistry. While cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving your smile, restorative dentistry is focused on enhancing oral function and health. Your dentist may recommend dental restoration procedures if your teeth are unhealthy, damaged, decayed, discolored, crooked, and worn.

The advantages of dental restoration include the following:

  • Restores health of damaged teeth
  • Replaces missing teeth
  • Enhances speaking, chewing, and eating
  • Provides cosmetic advantage

Crowns and bridges are the most common types of dental restoration procedures. Other dental restoration techniques include:

  • Inlays-onlays: They are used to fill cavities. An inlay fixes hollows and cavities between a tooth’s cusps. An onlay fills a larger region, including the cusps.
  • Root canal therapy: This technique is necessary in case of infections. The process involves cleaning and disinfecting the tooth’s inside, filling the canal, and sealing them.
  • Implants are used to replace a tooth root and function as natural teeth when used with a crown.
  • Veneers: These tooth-colored, thin shells, often made of resin-composite or porcelain materials, are used for treating discolored, broken, or chipped teeth.

All about crowns

A dental crown is a cap used to cover the entire tooth. Usually, this treatment is used to improve a tooth’s function, strengthen it, or restore its size and shape. A successful treatment results in the crown being correctly positioned and completely wrapping the tooth for protection.

Crowns are needed for:

  • cavities that cannot be filled
  • implants that need to be covered
  • teeth with cracks, wear, or weakness
  • restoration following root canals
  • poorly shaped or discolored teeth
  • decayed baby teeth due to poor dental hygiene

Porcelain crowns give a natural look, whereas zirconia crowns are durable, strong, and aesthetically pleasing. To increase the life of dental crowns:

  • brush teeth two times a day and floss daily
  • avoid things like chewing ice or eating hard candies

A popular choice of dental crown is CEREC crowns. Advantages of CEREC® Restorations include:

  • the procedure can be done on the same day, and no return visits are required
  • strong and long-lasting
  • good aesthetics
  • no silicon impressions are needed since CEREC® 3D software creates a 3-D model
  • metal free

Ashraf Dentistry offers CEREC® Restorations for implants, inlays, onlays, veneers, partial crowns, and crowns for anterior and posterior teeth.

All about dental bridges

Dental bridges, lasting around five to seven years, are used to replace one or more lost teeth by using artificial teeth to bridge the gap. A bridge is often comprised of crowns on each side of an absent tooth that support the fake tooth. The different types include:

  • traditional: has a crown at both sides of the false tooth
  • Cantilever: When a natural tooth is only on one side, false teeth are secured by a solitary crown on that tooth.
  • Maryland: uses metal or porcelain frameworks with “wings” for replacing missing front teeth.
  • Implant-supported: an implant is surgically inserted into the jawbone to replace each lost tooth. The pontics are housed in the bridge, which is later positioned over them.

Dental bridges are needed for the following:

  • missing teeth
  • chewing difficulties
  • jaw pain
  • bite issues
  • feeling self-conscious about your smile

The advantages of dental bridges include the following:

  • creates a natural-looking smile
  • restores regular speech
  • enables efficient chewing
  • prevents movement of other teeth due to extra space
  • preserves bone density of the jaw

Dental bridges should be cleaned using denture cleaners, soft-bristled toothbrushes, and cool water.


Proper restorative solutions are necessary for enhancing oral health and function. Treat dental issues early on to avoid future complications. Contact Ashraf Dentistry today for more information on crowns and bridges.

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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!
Alena Delena
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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