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Fixed Prosthodontics (Crown and Bridge)

Both crowns and bridges are forms of fixed prosthodontics. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth, removed only by a dentist if required to do so.

How Do Crown’s Work?

Crowns are used to treat teeth that have become damaged through decay, injuries, or wear.

What exactly is a crown? A crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is used to cover a damaged tooth, fitting like a snug hat. Not only do crowns strengthen a damaged tooth, but they also improve its appearance, shape, and alignment. To increase stability, the dental crown is cemented into place, completely covering the visible areas of the tooth.

Why Are Dental Crowns Used?

There are several reasons your dentist may recommend a crown, including:

  • Protection

    If a tooth becomes weak, cracked or has large filling, crowns can prevent further damage and hold the tooth together.

  • Restoration

    Dental fillings have their limitations. Severely worn or broken teeth can have their function and esthetic recovered with a crown.

  • Esthetic

    Crowns are often used to cover misshapen or severely discoloured teeth.

  • Alignment

    Crowns can sometimes be used to improve one’s bite

  • Root canals

    If you’ve been treated with a root canal, a crown is sometimes placed on the root canalled tooth for protection

  • Implants

    Implants are sometimes restored with crowns

a diagram explaining how dental bridges work

How Do Bridges Work?

Bridges are used to fill the gaps caused by missing teeth. A dental bridge is typically made from a series of crowns that are attached to each other, and are cemented to teeth on either side of a existing space.

Where are Dental Bridges Used?

Dental bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or a row of teeth. Empty spaces between teeth can cause:

  • Bite problems
  • Chewing difficulties
  • Pain from added stress on existing teeth and jaw
  • Decline in esthetics
  • Decreased confidence

How Long Do Crowns and Bridges Last?

Fixed prosthodontics can last a very long time; however, they do occasionally come loose or fallout. Tooth decay, which undermines and crown or bridge, is a major causative agent for their replacement or loss. To help maintain a long-lasting fixed dental prosthetic, you can practice every day oral health. Daily flossing and brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day, can help keep your gums and teeth healthy. Regular check-ups at our dental clinic can ensure that your fixed dental prosthetic is properly maintained.

a dentist shaping a dental bridge

Consultations for Fixed Prosthodontics

If you’re in need of a crown or bridge, our team is here to help. To book a consultation with our dental team, contact us at either our Salmon Arm or Sorrento location. We look forward to serving you.

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Meet Dr. Jonathan Low

dr jonathan low at dr low dental

Dr. Jonathan Low (Jon) was born and raised in Salmon Arm. Prior to attending dental school, he graduated with two degrees from the University of British Columbia: a Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology and Genetics (2004); and a Master of Science in Pharmaceutic Science (2007). He completed his Doctorate of Dental Surgery at New York University (2012) and was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society.

Jon had the privilege of practicing for two years with his father, Dr. Cedric Low, who was a well-known dentist in Salmon Arm for more than 30 years. In 2014, Jon took over the practice after his father’s passing.

Jon pursues ongoing continuing education in the form of dental study clubs, conferences, and discipline-focused dental courses.

Outside the office he enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarb, travelling, skiing, discussions about cars, and working out at the gym.


Dr. Jonathan Low Family Dentistry

(250) 832-2202
320 Ross Street NE,
Salmon Arm, BC
V1E 2T3

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(250) 675-4116
1223 Trans-Canada Highway,
Sorrento, BC
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