Crowns and bridges are restorations that correct dental problems while protecting and strengthening your teeth.
A dental crown is custom made to fit over a damaged natural tooth. It restores the function of the tooth and provides strength and support. Dental bridges fill in the space left by a missing tooth to complete your smile.
Everyone wants a smile that is healthy and beautiful, and we may be able to help you reach that goal using crowns and bridges. Updated techniques and treatments have made the placing of crowns and bridges easier than ever before.
When Are Dental Crowns and Bridges Used?
Dental crowns have many applications and can be used to correct a number of problems, including:
Severely decayed teeth
Teeth weakened by root canal treatment
Fractured or broken teeth
Large, unattractive fillings
A dental bridge is used to fill the space left by a missing tooth. The bridge is usually made as a single unit that is held in place by crowns on adjacent teeth. A dental bridge not only improves your appearance but also prevents surrounding teeth from shifting out of place and moving into the space left by a missing tooth.
What Does Placing a Crown or Bridge Involve?
A dental crown or bridge can usually be placed in two or three visits. First, we prepare your natural tooth to receive the restoration, and then impressions are taken of your teeth. The impression accurately represents the position of your natural teeth so that your restoration fits perfectly.
The impressions are sent to a special dental lab and are used to create your permanent restoration, which usually takes about two weeks. Before you leave our office, we fit you with a temporary bridge or crown that you wear while the new crown or bridge is being prepared.