Crowns and Bridges
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. Crowns and bridges are usually made of porcelain or zirconium because of its natural appearance and durability.
When Are Dental Crowns and Bridges Used?
Dental crowns have many applications and can be used to correct a number of problems.
- Severely decayed teeth
- Teeth weakened by a root canal treatment
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Broken fillings
- Large, unattractive fillings
A dental bridge is used to fill the space left by a missing tooth. The bridge is made as a single unit that is held in place by crowns on the adjacent teeth. A dental bridge not only improves your appearance but also prevents surrounding teeth from shifting into the open space, which can lead to unhealthy bite relationships and TMJ problems.
What Does Placing a Crown or Bridge Involve?
A dental crown or bridge can usually be placed in two visits. First we prepare your natural tooth to receive the restoration. And then take impressions of your teeth. The impressions are sent to a special dental lab (which usually takes two weeks.) After that time a return visit to our office is scheduled to remove the temporary crown or bridge and place the porcelain restoration. With proper homecare, your new restoration will last for many years to come.
Call to Schedule an Evaluation
Are you troubled by a damaged or missing tooth? Please call our office today to schedule an evaluation and learn more about your options!