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Crown and Bridge Dental Procedures

crown-bridge-dental-proceduresA crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Dental bridges are designed to restore permanent missing teeth by bridging over the adjacent teeth with prosthetic replacement teeth. Tooth bridges are comprised of two crowns, which go on the teeth on either side of the space. In between the crowns, a natural-looking prosthetic tooth is inserted. These dental bridges are usually made from porcelain, gold, alloys or a combination of materials.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth-colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they will eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

 

Reasons for crowns & bridges:

  • Broken or Fractured Teeth
  • Cosmetic Enhancement
  • Decayed Teeth
  • Fractured Fillings
  • Large Fillings
  • Tooth has a Root Canal

 

What does getting a crown or bridge involve?

A crown or bridge procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment your temporary crown or bridge will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

You will be given post-operative instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.