Crown and Bridge

Dental Crowns

Dental crown and bridge restorations with a beautiful look is our goal. We provide nothing less than natural-looking, structurally sound work with all crown and bridge procedures. Our expert team will make sure that you have perfect results.

Common reasons for a crown:

  • Large fillings that are failing
  • Teeth that have root canal therapy
  • Teeth that have extensive decay
  • Fractured teeth
  • Cosmetic enhancement

In most cases, a crown procedure will take two visits. At the initial visit, the tooth is prepared to the ideal size and shape for the crown. An impression of the tooth is then taken and sent to a lab for custom fabrication of the crown. A temporary made of acrylic resin is created and seated temporarily. To minimize the risk of the temporary from falling out or fracturing, favoring the opposite side when eating and a softer diet is recommended. At the second appointment, approximately two weeks later, the temporary is removed, the tooth is cleaned, and the crown is checked for proper fit andĀ appearance prior to permanent cementation.

Fixed Dental Bridge

A bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that consists of two parts, abutments and pontics. It can be viewed as a series of crowns connected together and cemented as one restoration. The abutments, the teeth adjacent to the empty space, serve as anchors for the bridge. Pontics are the crowns that replace the missing teeth and are attached to the abutments.

Common reasons for a bridge:

  • Replacement of one or more missing teeth
  • To prevent shifting of teeth
  • To restore function (speech and chewing)
  • Maintaining facial shape and appearance
  • Replacing a removable partial with a permanent fixed appliance

Depending on the number of teeth involved and their relative position, two appointments are usually required for a fixed bridge procedure, sometimes more. At the initial visit, the teeth that serve as anchors (abutments) for the bridge are prepared, very much like individual crowns. However, these teeth are prepared as close to parallel as possible to aid in the insertion of the dental bridge. An impression of the prepared teeth is then taken and sent to a lab for custom fabrication of the bridge.

A temporary bridge made of acrylic resin is created and seated temporarily. In situations where there are multiple abutments, or abutments that are rotated or angulated we ask the patient to schedule an additional visit to try in the substructure for the bridge. This try-in stage allows us to check for properĀ fit of the bridge before sending it back to the ceramist for completion. At the time of insertion, the temporary bridge is removed, the anchor teeth are cleaned, and the permanent bridge is checked to ensure proper fit, appearance, and function before final cementation.