Crown and Bridge

What is a Dental Crown?

A crown is a prosthetic tooth replacement.  A commonly used lay term for crown, is “Cap.”  When there is not enough tooth structure to support a filling, often a crown is recommended. Frequently this is due to severe decay, a cracked tooth and/or a failing old filling.  Crowns are also a wonderful aesthetic option for a severely discolored tooth.

Why do a crown?

Crowns both protect and strengthen the remaining tooth structure.  It can improve your smile, speech and ability to appropriately chew food, while also acting as a space maintainer, to prevent your other teeth from shifting.

What is the basic procedure for a crown?

Prior to placing a crown on top of the damaged tooth, the tooth is reshaped to make room for the prosthetic replacement.  An impression of the reshaped tooth and the teeth surrounding is then taken.  A temporary, office made, acrylic crown is placed on the reshaped tooth, while the impression is delivered to the lab. A lab made permanent crown, custom colored to match the surrounding teeth, is ready in usually 2 weeks.  On a follow up visit, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent, lab made, crown is cemented in.

What are crowns made of?

Crowns can be made of all gold, or porcelain fused to metal which are often used for back teeth.  For front teeth, we recommend all ceramic crowns, which do not show the ugly dark line around the gum, resulting in a smile enhancing effect.  We will discuss with you the pros and cons of each option.


 

What is a Dental Bridge?

A fixed dental bridge is made up of two or more anchor crowns that are attached on both sides of the replacement tooth or teeth.  When these anchor crowns are cemented onto an implant or natural tooth on both sides of the empty space(s), with an attached replacement tooth (or teeth) as one unit, a dental bridge is created.

Why do a bridge?

A fixed bridge is a wonderful way to replace missing teeth using your existing teeth, wherever possible, by filling in the space from which your tooth or teeth are missing. It can improve your smile, speech and ability to appropriately chew food, while also acting as a space maintainer, to prevent your other teeth from shifting.

What is the basic procedure for a bridge?

Prior to placing a bridge to fill in the space left by a missing tooth (or teeth), the teeth on either side of the space are both reshaped to make room for the prosthetic replacements.  An impression of the reshaped teeth and the space left by the missing tooth (or teeth) is then taken.  A temporary, office made, acrylic bridge is put in place with temporary cement, while the impression is delivered to the lab.  A lab made permanent bridge, custom colored to match the surrounding teeth, is ready in usually 2 weeks.  On a follow up visit, the temporary bridge is removed and the permanent, lab made, bridge is cemented in.

What are bridges made of?

Bridges are made of ceramic, porcelain to metal or gold, based on the function and appearance. We will discuss with you the pros and cons of each option.

 

 

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