Dental crowns and bridges are used to repair and strengthen damaged or worn teeth. With today’s advanced technology, they look and feel just like real teeth. A crown is used to replace the portion of a tooth that was removed and could not be replaced with a filling. Dental bridges hold one or more false teeth in place to fill a gap caused by missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth are covered with a crown to create anchoring teeth for the bridge.
Crowns are made from gold, porcelain fused to metal or tooth-colored porcelain. Crowns are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
A crown/bridge procedure usually requires only two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several precision molds (or impressions) that will be used to create custom crowns. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown that will stay on your tooth for until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory. At your second appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary crown, clean the tooth, and carefully place the prosthesis on the tooth while ensuring the spacing and bite are perfect. Afterwards, you will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.