Dental Crowns & Bridges
Restoring your smile may take the work of crowns and bridges that help to fill in gaps and spaces where you are missing dentition. The process of having crowns and bridges placed is relatively easy, and are some of the most common procedures done in the office.
What is a Dental Crown?
A crown, or cap, is meant to cover a tooth completely that has been compromised in some way, usually with root canal therapy, and helps to achieve the appearance, size, shape and functionality of a full tooth. Crowns can be made using a variety of different materials. Two of the most common materials used to create crowns are porcelain and zirconia. Porcelain is often fused to metal to create the prosthetic, while zirconia acts on its own as a durable and long-lasting dental option.
Why is a Dental Crown needed?
There are many reasons why you would need a dental crown that include:
- In order to protect a weak tooth from decay from breaking or cracking
- To restore an already broken tooth
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling
- To hold a dental bridge in place or cover a dental implant
- To make a cosmetic modification
What to expect with the procedure
The procedure to have a crown placed is easy and can be done quickly. First, the area that will be holding onto the crown will be filed down to hold onto the prosthetic. Impressions will be made of the area and sent to a lab for the crown or bridge to be specially made for you. You will go home the same day with a temporary crown or bridge until the actual prosthetic comes in. Once it arrives, the temporary will be removed and the crown or bridge will be adjusted to fit perfectly. It will then be cemented into place and you will have a new functioning and restored tooth.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A bridge is designed to fill the gap where a tooth is missing entirely and uses surrounding teeth to secure the bridge in place. It is made up of two or more crowns on either side of a gap and a false tooth/teeth, known as a pontic, in the middle.
Why are Dental Bridges beneficial?
There are many reasons that a dental bridge is beneficial to you that include:
- A bridge can restore your smile
- A bridge can restore the ability to properly chew and speak
- A bridge can help prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- A bridge closes the gap you have due to missing or broken teeth
What to expect with the procedure for a Dental Bridge
The placement of a dental bridge is not a surgical procedure, so you will stay awake throughout the treatment. During the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared. This involves re-shaping these teeth by removing a portion of enamel and dentin to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Impressions will then be made and sent out to a lab to be custom created for you. Once the lab has finished the bridge it will be placed over the area of the missing teeth to ensure a proper fit. Once it has been determined the fit feels great, the bridge will then be cemented into place and you will have a stronger, beautiful smile.
If you are in need of a crown or bridge, or would like more information please contact us today!