Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges offer fantastic solutions for restoring damaged or problematic teeth, restoring not just their appearance but also their functionality. With these treatments, patients can enjoy chewing and speaking with confidence, just like before.

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Dental Crown

A crown is a tooth-shaped cap covering a tooth’s entire visible portion. This restoration is used to repair teeth with extensive damage, such as cracks or breakage from severe decay or trauma. They are also used after root canal therapy and for cosmetic purposes. Dental crowns can be made from various materials, including ceramic, gold alloys, porcelain fused to metal, and resin-based composite.

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Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth. They are made up of one or more false teeth, known as “pontics” or “artificial teeth.” These artificial teeth are then held in place by crowns placed over the adjacent healthy teeth. To place a bridge, we first prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin. This prepares the teeth for crown placement later. Next, we take impressions of the teeth to send to a dental lab where the bridge will be fabricated. To protect the prepared teeth and maintain the space until the permanent restoration is placed, we place a temporary restoration over the area. When the dental lab completes your bridge, you’ll return to our office to have it fitted and placed in your mouth. Finally, we will adjust to ensure a proper fit and comfortable bite.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of dental bridges?

The bridge restores the natural contour of the gums and mouth, keeps other teeth from shifting out of place, and prevents food and bacteria from collecting in the space left by a missing tooth. It can also restore a patient’s confidence by restoring the appearance of their smile. Both crowns and bridges help to restore function and appearance to the tooth or teeth.

What are the benefits of dental crowns?

A dental crown may be suggested when a tooth has sustained damage that may compromise the tooth’s function or when the tooth is misshapen or discolored. Many patients choose to get crowns for cosmetic reasons as well. For example, a crown can conceal a dark spot on a tooth that can’t be whitened with professional treatment. Crowns are also frequently selected following root canal therapy to help protect the tooth from further damage or breakage.

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