Dental Crowns and Bridges: An Overview

Dental Crowns and Bridges: An Overview

If you are displeased with your imperfect smile, you may suffer from missing or damaged teeth. A dental crown or tooth bridge may be the right solution for you. Both prosthetic devices can restore tooth function, aesthetics and boost self-confidence.

Dental Crowns & Tooth Bridges

A dental crown is a protective tooth covering used to restore and protect a cracked or severely decayed tooth. Made of hard-wearing materials, these prosthetic devices function like natural teeth. It is common for missing teeth to be replaced with a dental bridge that utilizes connecting abutment teeth supported by a dental crown on either side.

Dental Crowns Procedure

We provide tooth-colored ceramic crowns to repair and add strength to a restored tooth. The process requires two appointments to complete. First, your tooth will be filed down or filled to adjust the size to prepare for the crown. A temporary dental crown will be placed until the permanent dental prosthetic is received. The final dental crown will be bonded during the second visit.

Dental Bridge Procedure

A tooth bridge consists of connecting anchoring teeth that are supported by prosthetic teeth on each side. A cantilever is used if there are teeth on only one side of the gap.

During the procedure, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic while your teeth are adjusted to accommodate the tooth bridge. A custom-fit mold is crafted and sent to a lab to create your permanent device. A temporary tooth bridge will be provided while you wait for the final prosthetic.

If you are ready to restore your smile, contact our office to learn about your dental prosthetic options.