Crowns are used to repair teeth that have been weakened by cracks, cavities, or fillings that need to be replaced. Crowns strengthen the teeth to help you avoid losing them completely. Crowns can also be used in preparation for bridges or to repair discolored teeth.
If you have multiple teeth in a row that are missing or need replacing, you may consider a bridge. Bridges are replacement teeth that are placed on a metal bar and attached to the healthy teeth or crowns on each side of the space. They are then permanently cemented in the mouth. Bridges have a similar look to porcelain veneers and crowns.
Will a Crown or Bridge Work Better for Me?
A consultation is the best way to determine whether a crown or bridge will work best for you. After evaluating your teeth, we can discuss your goals and options and also help you determine which material will work best for your crown or bridge.
The Crown Process
Crowns generally require two visits. At the first visit, an impression will be taken of your tooth and the area around it. The damaged part of the tooth will be removed and a temporary acrylic crown will be cemented in place.
During the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the area will be cleaned and prepared for the permanent crown. Once the permanent crown has been placed, the crown and surrounding teeth will be adjusted for comfort.
The Bridge Process
A minimum of two visits is required for bridges. On the first visit, the teeth on either side of the space where the bridge will be affixed are prepared to receive the bridge, usually with crowns. A temporary bridge is attached after the crowns are placed.
At the second visit, the permanent bridge is adjusted and cemented in place. Expect an adjustment time of a few weeks before the bridge feels as comfortable as the rest of your teeth.
After Crowns and Bridges are Placed
Crowns and bridges not only improve the appearance of your teeth, they also improve your oral health. With proper care, they can last 10-15 years. Brushing and flossing may be difficult after you first receive a bridge or crown, but our staff will show you how to properly care for your new teeth to help extend their life.