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Crown and bridge

OUR SERVICESCrowns & Bridges

Crowns are placed on the two adjacent teeth with a pontic in the middle. A bridge is done to replace a missing tooth

Crowns

A crown ("cap") is a tooth-like covering placed over a carefully prepared preexisting tooth. Crowns can be fabricated out of porcelain fused to metal, all porcelain, or gold. Your doctor will decide which material best suits your needs based on esthetics, function, and patient preference.

Cracked crown

Crowns serve many functions, such as to strengthen, restore or improve the appearance of your natural tooth. For example, a crown can support the tooth when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling. Crowns may also be used to protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured or broken, and can be attached to bridges or dentures (Fig. A).

Crown Placement Procedure

Crown placement

The tooth is prepared by removing a thin layer of tooth structure around the entire tooth. This preparation is done with a slight taper to help secure the crown (Fig. B). Your dentist will then take an impression and send it to our lab so they can fabricate a porcelain fused to metal crown. We will finish this initial appointment by placing a temporary crown on your tooth. You will be then be scheduled to return in ten days to two weeks to seat the permanent crown.

Crown cemented in place

The crown is cemented into place using special dental adhesives (Fig. C). The objective of this procedure is for final crown to look as natural as possible and feel like an ordinary tooth.

Bridges

A bridge is a custom device anchored to neighboring teeth that replaces one or more missing teeth. When a lost tooth is replaced with bridgework, the teeth on either side of the missing one most commonly are prepared as crowns to serve as abutments to hold the prosthetic (replacement) tooth in place. Crowns and bridges are most often made from superior materials such as semiprecious or precious metals, porcelain, or a fused combination of the two. Aesthetics, function, and tissue compatibility are considered when selecting the material most suitable for you.

Crown before and after comparison
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