When a tooth needs a restoration or you want to improve your smile, often the best option is a crown. Crowns are precision-crafted in a dental laboratory and require two visits to our office to restore your tooth. There are several benefits to a crown. They cover and protect your weakened tooth, are strong and durable, and are made of porcelain or gold. To prepare your tooth for a crown, we numb the area to make you comfortable. We may also use a rubber dam to isolate the tooth and to protect the back of your throat while we work. Using handpieces, we remove any decay and shape the tooth, so it will securely hold the crown. Next we take an impression of your teeth. The dental lab uses this impression to make an accurate model of your mouth. The model is then used to create a crown that precisely fits your tooth and bite. In the meantime, we will place a temporary crown for three to four weeks until the crown is returned to us to be cemented on permanently in your mouth.
Dental bridges fill in the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. These two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth, and a missing tooth/teeth in between is called the pontic. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
See dental implants for replacing missing teeth.