Crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto teeth or implants to help restore strength and functionality to missing or damaged teeth.
A dental crown is placed over a tooth to protect it from further damage or to improve its appearance. At our office, we offer porcelain crowns, which can be made to match the color of your natural teeth. A crown may be needed for many reasons:
A dental bridge may be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges are cemented to your natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space where teeth are missing. These teeth, called abutments, act as anchors for the dental bridge with a replacement tooth in between. At our office, we offer porcelain bridges, so they match the natural color of your teeth.
Before your crown or bridge is made, the affected tooth or teeth must be reduced in size, so the crown or bridge will fit properly. After the tooth or teeth are reduced, an impression will be made to create an exact mold for the crown or bridge. The impression will then be sent to a dental lab, where they will create your crown or bridge. During this time, a temporary crown or bridge will be placed to the appropriate tooth or teeth. When the permanent crown or bridge is ready, the temporary placement will be removed, and the new crown or bridge will be cemented over your tooth or teeth.