Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.

Why do you need Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges?

A dental crown is specific for areas where a tooth has broken down or has been compromised. Crowns may be placed on teeth with large fillings or those that have had a root canal. A fixed dental bridge has two abutments that are attached to surrounding teeth and a fake tooth (called a pontic) in the middle to completely fill in a space between the teeth where a tooth has fallen out or been extracted. Both are essential for restoring compromised or missing dentition.

Dental bridges bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth/teeth in between.

What makes you a good candidate for Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges?

You may need a dental crown if you have had a tooth break or fracture, or if you have had a root canal. Patients with a lot of decay in one or more of their teeth may be fitted for a crown to strengthen the tooth’s overall structure. You may need a dental bridge if you are completely missing a tooth. Bridges are easier to place than implants and can be a crucial alternative to dental implants if you aren’t a viable candidate for surgery.

What happens during the procedure for Dental Crowns and Dental Bridges?

You will first come into the office and have the tooth to be crowned filed down. This makes room for the crown or bridge to fit properly. Impressions will be made of the area and sent off to a lab. You will go home the same day with a temporary crown or bridge. You will need to come back into the office to have the permanent crown or bridge placed. The bite of the restoration will be adjusted so that you can enjoy years worth of a full smile.

If you think you may need a crown or fixed dental bridge, call our office today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.