Complete Your Smile with Reading Dental Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns are a commonly used form of restoration dentistry. In many cases, crowns allow us to help patients preserve naturally healthy tooth structure that may otherwise be lost. If you’ve experienced tooth damage or decay or toothaches, we may be able to repair your tooth and restore the smile with a dental crown. Crowns are also used as an essential part of other treatments including protecting root canal treated teeth and supporting tooth replacement prosthetics. Contact our team to find out more or schedule an appointment.
Dental crowns are caps placed completely over the top of damaged teeth. We offer crown restorations crafted from a variety of materials including gold, porcelain fused to metal, and metal-free ceramic. We recommend these restorations for patients who have decay or damage that has destroyed too much of the tooth for a more conservative treatment to be effective. We also use dental crowns to protect root canal treated teeth, and an all-ceramic crown may be used to correct the appearance of cosmetically flawed teeth.
A bridge, fixed bridge, crown supported bridge, or dental implant bridge are all referring to essentially the same type of tooth replacement prosthetic. One or more replacement teeth, called pontics, are attached to dental crowns. The crowns are then attached to surrounding healthy teeth or dental implants to support the pontics.
The Restoration Process
Both crowns and bridges are designed and placed over the course of two appointment in our office. During your initial treatment visit, we’ll prepare the tooth or teeth and capture bite impressions. Additionally, we’ll place a temporary to protect the treated tooth. Between visits, our lab will craft a custom restoration. When we receive this custom crown or bridge from the lab, patients will return to our office to exchange the temporary for a custom crown or bridge.