Crowns & Bridges

Crowns and Bridges

CROWNS:

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that place over a tooth to cover the tooth, to restore its shape, size and strength, as well as improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

Why is a dental crown needed?

  • Protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or holding together parts of a cracked tooth
  • Restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  • Cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of teeth left
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
  • Cover misshapen-ed or severely discolored teeth
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Make a cosmetic modification

For children, a crown may use on primary (baby) teeth in order to:

Save a tooth that has been so damaged by decay that it can’t support a filling. Protect the teeth of a child at high risk for tooth decay, especially when a child has difficulty keeping up with daily oral hygiene. Decrease the frequency of general anesthesia for children unable because of age, behavior, or medical history to fully cooperate with the requirements of proper dental care.

BRIDGE:

If you’ve lost teeth due to accident, injury, or gum disease, we can create a fixed bridge to restore your solid smile. A bridge not only fills the gap but also prevents the repositioning of the remaining teeth. It can also correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function and speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to give you a more youthful appearance.

What is a fixed bridge?

First of all, a bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches on one or both sides to teeth prepared with dental crowns. A fixed bridge joins the neighboring abutment teeth (crowned teeth) and consists of three basic units: the false tooth or teeth (called a pontic) and two abutment crowns. If healthy adjacent abutment teeth aren’t available, a surgically implanted metal post, known as a dental implant, may offer a solid alternative. For a bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis.

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