Crowns & Bridges
At our practice, we offer a range of options to repair and restore damaged or missing teeth, including crowns and bridges. Our team of experienced dentists and staff is dedicated to providing top-quality care and helping you achieve and maintain excellent oral health.
What are Crowns?
A crown, also known as a cap, is a type of dental restoration that is used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. Crowns are made of a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, and gold, and are designed to match the color and shape of your natural teeth. Crowns can be used to protect a weak tooth, restore a tooth that has been damaged, or improve the appearance of a tooth that is misshapen or discolored.
What are Bridges?
A bridge is a dental restoration that is used to replace missing teeth. Bridges are made of a series of crowns that are attached to healthy teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth (or teeth). The crowns on either side of the gap are called abutment teeth, and the artificial tooth (or teeth) in the middle is called a pontic. Bridges can help restore the function and appearance of your smile and prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of place.
How the Crown and Bridge Process Works:
- First, your dentist will numb the area around the affected teeth to ensure your comfort during the procedure.
- If you are having a crown, the dentist will remove any decay or damage from the tooth and shape the remaining tooth structure to prepare it for the crown.
- If you are having a bridge, the dentist will remove any decay or damage from the abutment teeth and shape the remaining tooth structure to prepare it for the crowns.
- Next, the dentist will take an impression of your tooth (or teeth) to create a custom crown or bridge.
- While you wait for your custom restoration to be made, the dentist may place a temporary crown or bridge to protect your teeth.
- Once your custom restoration is ready, you will return to the office to have it placed. The dentist will remove the temporary crown or bridge, and will cement the custom restoration in place.
- Finally, the dentist will make any final adjustments to ensure a smooth, comfortable bite.
If you have missing teeth or damaged teeth that need to be restored, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our team. We will work with you to determine the best treatment option for your needs and help you get the care you need to maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.