Dental crowns and dental bridges are one of the most common types of restorations performed in a general dentistry practice.
A crown, sometimes referred to as a “cap”, is a full coverage restoration. Whether due to decay and/or fracture of the natural teeth, it both strengthens the tooth as serves as a cosmetic improvement.
A bridge, also a form of prosthetic tooth replacement, is used to fill in the missing space or spaces caused by concerns with multiple teeth. Without filling spaces caused by missing teeth lost for carrying reasons, teeth will begin to shift out of alignment which can cause further dental problems. Misaligned teeth can cause periodontal disease because of inability to properly clean them, problems with speech and cosmetic issues with the appearance of your smile.
Some crowns and bridges are supported by dental implants placed in the bone, while others are not.
Crowns and bridges are made with a wide variety of materials including porcelain, porcelain fused to high noble metal, gold, metal alloys, ceramics and resin. Your doctor can discuss with you which materials will be used for your specific restoration and why. Dental crowns and bridges are designed to look like a patients natural teeth in terms of shape and color.
At our office, teeth are prepped, impressions and/or digital scans are taken, and with the help of amazing laboratories that we partner with, we produce beautiful permanent restorations in just a couple of visits. Upon leaving our office in between visits, you will always have a temporary restoration in place while a permanent is being made.