Crowns and Bridges
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Crowns and bridges are restorations that correct dental problems while protecting and strengthening the 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. Dental bridges replace missing teeth.
While a number of different materials are available, including various metals, porcelain crowns and bridges are popular because of their natural-looking appearance and durability.
Everyone wants a healthy, complete smile, and crowns and bridges can help. Updated techniques and treatments have made placing crowns and bridges easier than before.
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 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 usually made as a single unit that is held in place by crowns on adjacent teeth. A dental bridge improves the appearance of the smile and also prevents surrounding teeth from shifting out of place and moving into the space left by a missing tooth.
What Does Placing a Crown or Bridge Involve?
A dental crown or bridge can usually be placed in two or three visits. First, we prepare the natural tooth to receive the restoration and then impressions are taken of the teeth. The impression accurately represents the position of the natural teeth so that the restoration fits correctly.
The impressions are sent to a special dental lab, where they are used to create the permanent restoration. This process usually takes about two weeks. Before you leave our office, we fit you with a temporary bridge or crown that you wear while the new crown or bridge is being prepared.
Once the restoration is finished, we will schedule an appointment for you to return to our office. At that time we check the finished restoration for proper fit, making adjustments as necessary. Finally, the restoration is cemented permanently into place.
Before patients leave our office, we will provide instructions on caring for the new restoration. The restoration is fully functional, but patients should remember that special care is needed to prevent damage or replacement. Patients who practise proper oral hygiene and schedule regular dental cleanings may find their new restoration will last for many years.
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Are you troubled by a damaged or missing tooth? Please call our office to schedule an evaluation and learn more about your options!