Dental Crowns and Bridges
What are Crowns and Bridges?
A crown or bridge is a restoration that covers, or “caps,” a tooth or multiple teeth to restore normal shape and size, strengthening and improving the appearance of a tooth. Dental crowns are necessary when a tooth is generally broken down and bonding won’t solve the problem. Sometimes a crown is needed when removing large old amalgams.
Crowns hold your tooth together
If you have a broken tooth or a heavily decayed tooth and more than ½ of it needs to be removed, a crown will be used. A crown protects the remaining tooth and in some cases seals the any small cracks so the damage doesn’t get worse.
What to Expect for a Crown Procedure
- If a crown is done on a front tooth then teeth whitening may be suggested prior to getting the crown. This is so we can get your teeth as white as you want them and match a nice porcelain color crown that you will be happy with for years to come!
- Once whitening is accomplished we then prepare the tooth for a crown. The procedure takes 2 visits.
- At the first visit, the tooth is reduced only enough so the crown can fit over it. All care is made to save as much healthy tooth structure as possible.
- Following this, an impression is taken and sent to one of our excellent labs that we partner with. We use a digital shade guide to ensure the most accurate color, so the crown blends flawlessly into your mouth looking great and no one notices.
- At the end of the visit a temporary crown is fitted over the tooth until the permanent crown is made in 2-3 weeks.
- On the second visit, Dr. Tom or one of the highly trained Expanded Function Dental Assistants (EFDA’s) will remove the temporary crown and seat the permanent crown onto the tooth.
- If all looks and feels good, Dr. Tom will bond the crown onto the tooth.
- In about an hour you will be eating and smiling like nothing was even done!
A Bridge to Replace a Missing ToothA bridge is a collection of crowns fused together that are used to replace a missing tooth. A bridge is an alternative to a dental implant. Although implants are the recommended treatment when replacing missing teeth, in some cases they cannot be done. Therefore, if an implant is not feasible than a dental bridge is the next best option. The bridge appointment takes two visits.
What to Expect for a Bridge Procedure
- The teeth on both sides of the space are prepared, just like a crown, and a porcelain tooth is used as a connection to fill in that space
- To prepare teeth for the dental bridge, they are reduced so crowns can fit over them and an impression is taken of all teeth at the same time.
- A temporary bridge is made and placed over the teeth until the permanent bridge comes back from the laboratory.
- On the following visit, Dr. Tom or one of the (EFDA’s) will remove the temporary bridge and cement the permanent bridge on the teeth.