Dental crowns and bridges fit over injured, discolored, or cracked teeth or fill the space resulted after dental extractions and protect the teeth from further injuries or damages helping also to the prevention of any toothaches or discomfort you may experience.
Crowns are used to restore both anterior and posterior teeth that have been broken or are at high risk of doing so due to large old fillings or fractures. There are a variety of materials used to design these reconstructions in laboratories. The crowns will look and feel close to your real teeth.
Crowns, also called caps are indicated if a significant portion of the tooth is missing. Usually, extensive decay, injury or root canal therapy, are the reasons when a crown is recommended. Crowns are usually either made of noble alloys, or porcelain. There are many different types of porcelain crowns and we will determine which type is best suited for your particular need.
During your first visit, we will prepare your tooth structure and then take an impression of the prepared tooth, make a temporary crown to place on the tooth, and send the impression to a dental laboratory to fabricate the crown. At your next visit, we will try-in the crown to ensure a good fit and then cement the crown in place. When a tooth is compromised by decay or damage, we may suggest a crown, inlay, or onlay. These restorations, made in a lab from fine dental porcelain, will blend seamlessly with your teeth, return the strength that you need for comfortable oral function, and maintain your all-white smile.
Bridges are fixed, or non-removable prosthesis constructed to replace one or more missing teeth. The teeth on both sides of the existing space are used to attach the bridge to restore functionality and aesthetics. Materials used for this process are noble alloys, porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Bridges are indicated whenever at least one tooth is missing. A bridge is composed of abutments and pontics. Abutments are the supports for the bridge and consist of crowns placed on the teeth surrounding the empty space. The pontics are special crowns that span across the empty space and connect to the abutments. When teeth are prepared for a bridge, the abutments are prepared for crowns just as described in crowns. We will then take an impression of the prepared teeth, make a temporary bridge or crowns to place on the teeth to protect them and maintain their positions, and send the impression to a dental laboratory to fabricate the bridge. At your next visit, we will try-in the bridge to ensure a good fit and then cement the bridge in place.
A dental bridge helps fill the gap where a missing tooth is with an artificial tooth. Dental bridges are typically made of crowns on either side of the missing tooth, which supports the false tooth and secures it in your mouth. You can make dental bridges from a variety of materials, but they are most commonly made of porcelain because they blend the most naturally with your natural teeth. You can also have dental bridges made from gold.
There are four types of dental bridges: traditional, cantilever, Maryland, and implant-supported. The traditional dental bridge uses a false tooth that’s held in place by dental crowns that have been secured onto the teeth on each side of the bridge. The cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional one but only requires one natural tooth as support. The Maryland dental bridge metal or porcelain that’s bonded to the back of the two supporting teeth. The implant-supported bridge uses dental implants placed for each missing tooth to hold the bridge.
A dental bridge can restore the look and function of your teeth if you have any missing ones. It fills in the gap where the missing tooth or teeth was to help you regain confidence in your smile. It also keeps the remaining tooth in place to reduce the risk of misalignment.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps placed on damaged teeth to help protect them from irritation and infection. They are great to help you restore the shape, size, strength, and structure of your teeth when fillings don’t work.
You can make dental crowns from different materials, such as metal, porcelain, ceramic, and resin. The dental crown is cemented in place and covers the visible part of your tooth. There are many types of dental crowns, but onlays and three-quarter crowns are the most common ones. A traditional dental crown will cover your entire tooth. An only or three-quarter crown is great if you still have some dental structure remaining and don’t need a traditional crown.
A dental crown can help restore the appearance and strength of any broken or worn down tooth. If you experience tooth decay because of poor dental hygiene, an accident, or aging, a dental crown can help protect your tooth from further damage. Dental crowns also help secure dental bridges in place, cover dental implants or a tooth after a root-canal surgery, or cover severely discolored teeth.
A dental crown is used to cover over an existing tooth, while a dental bridge is used to fill the gaps caused by a missing tooth. You can have multiple dental crowns or dental bridges if you have many decays, broken teeth, or missing teeth.
Your dentist may recommend bridges when you lose your entire tooth, but crowns may be better restoring a fractured tooth.