Crowns and Bridges

A reliable alternative to restore your smile

Do you have a tooth that is severely damaged or missing? If so, you may need a dental crown or bridge to restore your tooth and improve your smile. A dental crown or bridge is a type of dental restoration that covers or replaces a tooth that is affected by decay, injury, or disease. They are custom-made to fit your mouth and match your natural teeth. 

What are dental crowns and bridges?

Crowns are caps that cover the entire visible part of a tooth. They are used when a tooth is too damaged or decayed to be fixed with a filling or other type of restoration. Crowns protect the remaining tooth structure and restore its shape, size, and color.

Bridges are restorations that replace one or more missing teeth. They are used when you have gaps in your mouth that affect your bite, speech, or appearance. Bridges fill the spaces between your teeth and prevent them from shifting or moving out of place.

Your dentist will discuss with you the best type of crown or bridge for your situation, depending on the number and location of your missing teeth, the condition of your remaining teeth, your personal preference, and your budget.

Are dental crowns and bridges right for me?

Composite fillings are a great option for restoring teeth affected by decay or damage. They can enhance your smile and protect your oral health. However, they may not be suitable for everyone or every situation. Your dentist will examine your teeth and discuss your needs and preferences with you to determine if composite fillings are right for you. 

Some factors to keep in mind that may help you determine are:

  • The extent and location of the damage or loss
  • The condition and strength of the remaining tooth structure
  • Your medical history and allergies
  • Your budget and insurance coverage

If you have any questions about composite dental crowns and bridges or want to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

What are the benefits of dental crowns and bridges?

Crowns and bridges can help you:

What are the drawbacks of dental crowns and bridges?

Dental crowns and bridges are effective ways to restore your teeth and smile, but they also have some drawbacks that you should be aware of before choosing them. Some of the drawbacks of dental crowns and bridges are:

  • Habits that can damage them, such as biting on hard objects, grinding your teeth, or clenching your jaw, may cause them to wear out more quickly.
  • They may cost more than other types of restorations, depending on the material, size, and location of the crown or bridge. 
  • They may require more visits to the dentist and more preparation of your natural teeth than other types of restorations. 
  • They may cause some complications or side effects, such as infection, inflammation, pain, sensitivity, allergic reaction, nerve damage, or loosening of the crown or bridge.

These risks are rare and can be minimized by choosing a qualified and experienced dentist, following the pre- and post-operative instructions carefully, and maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.

How are crowns and bridges placed?

Crowns and bridges can be placed in two or more visits to the dentist, depending on the type of restoration you choose. The procedure involves the following steps:

The Procedure

  • The dentist will numb the area around the tooth or teeth with a local anesthetic.
  • The dentist will prepare the tooth or teeth by removing some enamel and shaping them to fit the crown or bridge.
  • The dentist will take an impression or scan of your mouth to create a model for the crown or bridge.
  • The dentist will place a temporary crown or bridge over the prepared tooth or teeth to protect them until the permanent one is ready.
  • The dentist will send the impression or scan to a dental laboratory, where the crown or bridge will be custom-made to fit your mouth and match your natural teeth.
  • The dentist will receive the crown or bridge from the laboratory and check its fit and color.
  • The dentist will remove the temporary crown or bridge and cement the permanent one over the prepared tooth or teeth.
  • The dentist will check your bite and make any necessary adjustments.

How do I care for my crowns and bridges?

Crowns and bridges are designed to last for many years, but they still require proper care and maintenance to prevent problems.

Here are some tips on how to care for your crowns and bridges:

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If you are interested in dental crowns and bridges or want to learn more about them, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you achieve the smile of your dreams. We look forward to hearing from you soon!