Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are tooth restorations that are used to replace or restore damaged or missing teeth. We use metal-free, all ceramic (commonly referred to as porcelain) restorations. Porcelain restorations offer a wonderful combination of strength and durability, while also being highly esthetic.
What is the Difference Between a Crown and Bridge?
The only difference is the number of teeth restored. A crown fixes a single tooth and a bridge fixes multiple usually spanning missing tooth spaces.
A crown can restore significantly affected tooth structure loss caused by damage or decay. Crowns are sometimes referred to as a “cap”, as they cap or cover a tooth for added protection.
A bridge can help to replace missing teeth by creating a “bridge” between two or more missing teeth, as well as restoring the adjacent teeth.
What Should I Expect At My Visit?
If you’re experiencing issues with a damaged or missing tooth, call our office to schedule an appointment with us so we can create a customized treatment plan for you based on your concerns.
At your initial crown or bridge appointment, the dentist will painlessly administer anesthesia. The tooth is then reshaped to allow room for the crown or bridge to fit over it. We will then take an impression of the tooth and bite using our iTero® digital scanner. This scanner not only offers an amazing amount of precision fit with your crown or bridge but also avoids the less comfortable putty impression materials. Most patients are happy with us shade matching in the office. However, because we use high quality, local labs, you also have the option to go to the lab for custom shade matching. Your impression will be digitally sent to the lab for 3D printing and milling. At this initial crown and bridge appointment, we will create a comfortable temporary restoration for you and schedule your final appointment to simply deliver the final permanent restoration.
What Should I Expect After My Visit?
A temporary restoration is solid and capable of withstanding chewing forces. It is however, held in place with temporary material so that it can be easily removed for placement of the permanent restoration. While you have the temporary restoration, we recommend avoiding sticky foods (such as gum) as well as carefully flossing around the tooth, so that the tooth does not come loose or dislodge. If flossing the site, do not pop the floss back out around the temporary crown. Simply pull it out the side carefully without putting lifting forces on the temporary.
It is normal to have slight sensitivity around the injection site or tooth that was worked on after the procedure; however, most patients report no or minimal pain that goes away within a few days.
Check Out Our Work!
To view a before and after, simply hover the cursor over the middle icon; slide to the right to view the before photo and slide to the left to view the patient’s results.
This patient came to our office unhappy with an older metal containing porcelain crown. These older crowns can many times display darkness at the gums and are prone to fracturing of the porcelain. Uneven gum lines were also noted. Laser surgery to contour the aesthetics of the gums was performed and the existing crown replaced with a new all ceramic, metal free crown. Notice the healthier appearance of the gums and the natural look of the newer porcelain.
Following decades of patchwork dental care which the patient stated had failed numerous times, she was interested in a longer lasting and aesthetic option. With the use of four all ceramic crowns on the front teeth, we were able to correct the discoloration, treat the dark spacing at the gums, and establish a natural looking smile.
Years of wear, erosion, and failing dental work were corrected with all ceramic crowns. Not only did we succeed in rebuilding the wear and failing previous dental work, but the patient was incredibly happy with the look and feel of his new smile.
After years of enamel erosion and tooth wear, this patient was ready for a new smile. Using highly esthetic, all ceramic Emax crowns, this patients lower teeth were restored to their original beauty and function.