Crowns and Bridges

Crowns & Bridges

What are crowns and bridges?

A crown is a “cap” or covering for a damaged tooth that needs repair and support beyond a standard filling, a tooth that recently received a root canal, or for use as the “top” of an implant. (top image)

A bridge is commonly used to cover a space that is missing one or more teeth or to restore multiple adjacent teeth that are broken down. They are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space where the tooth once stood. A bridge consists of crowns on two or more teeth surrounding an area of a missing tooth.  In the area of the missing tooth and “extra” tooth is placed to fill the gap in between. (lower image)

Both our crowns and bridges are fabricated out of the highest quality porcelain and have a lifelike and natural appearance. We strive to create crowns and bridges that look, feel and function beautifully; both of these restorations are designed to appear completely natural.

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When might I need a crown?

When your tooth has suffered significant damage from trauma, wear or decay the tooth may need a crown. This is because at this point the tooth’s structure has been compromised and a filling will only weaken the tooth further from your biting force. A crown protects and gives strength to a tooth when your jaw is in function. Crowns are a long lasting restoration when a tooth cannot sustain a large filling or other type of restoration. Crowns can also be used to protect the tooth from sensitivity caused by cracks and fractures. Finally, certain types of staining and chipping of teeth leading to aesthetic concerns can be corrected using a porcelain crown.

How do I get my porcelain crown?

Generally getting a crown will take two appointments to our office. At the first appointment, we will remove decay, shape the tooth, and fit your tooth with one of our provisional crowns. An impression will be made and sent to our dental ceramist.

On the second visit we will remove the provisional crown, try in the new crown for optimal fit and finally we will bond the porcelain crown to your tooth. You will be able to leave our Brentwood office with a beautiful smile.

A porcelain bridge is used to restore multiple teeth that have broken down or to correct an area of previous tooth loss. Bridging teeth allows for additional support and strength in an area that has been compromised. Sometimes a bridge is a good option for our patients, other times a dental implant can be the best and more conservative option. Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular and efficient way to enhance an area of tooth loss.

 

The process to getting a bridge is very similar to the process for a single unit crown restorations.

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