A crown is a cap on a tooth, which seals the tooth following a root canal procedure or in cases in which the top of the tooth is broken or has to be removed. A bridge is one or more crowns that replace missing teeth and are anchored on each side to healthy teeth.
Our office is unique in that we have the capability of fitting you with a crown in just ONE visit. Now damaged teeth can be restored in a single visit, usually in about two hours, with a durable ceramic material that matches the natural color of your other teeth.
CEREC® means we can quickly and economically restore damaged teeth using a durable ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth in your mouth. CEREC® is an acronym for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics.
Sometimes, at least two visits are required – first to make an impression of the tooth (or teeth) which are to be prepared for a crown and/or bridge, and then another visit to fit the new crown or bridge.
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
Key Benefits of Dental Crown & Bridge
- Fill space of missing teeth.
- Offers support to misshapen teeth or badly broken teeth.
- Maintain facial shape.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- Restore chewing and speaking ability.
- Improves “smile” and functional chewing problems
- Looks completely natural.
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliances.
To learn more about the crown and bridge procedure, please contact our Treatment Coordinator to schedule your free consultation.