Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental Crowns & Bridges were developed to restore cracked, extensively decayed, or worn down teeth from grinding. They can also replace missing teeth so that the beauty and functionality of a smile is renewed. These treatments act as preventative measures to losing a tooth.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a prepped tooth. The crown covers, protects and restores the tooth’s functions such as biting, eating and speaking.
At the first appointment, your tooth will be prepared by removing a small portion of the enamel. Impressions will be taken and sent to a dental lab who will create a permanent custom-fitting crown. A temporary crown will be placed until the permanent crown is delivered, which typically takes two weeks. The second, and usually final appointment, is the permanent bonding and placement of the crown.
Today, dental implants are the best option for missing teeth. However, in some cases dental bridges are suggested for multiple missing teeth where there is significant bone-loss or when finances are a concern. The bridge acts as a new set of teeth replacing the gap and is anchored to a tooth on both sides.
The restoration materials of a crown or bridge last five to fifteen years and requires daily maintenance and professional cleanings to ensure their expected lifespan.