Crowns & Bridges
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size
CROWNS ( CAPS)
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with a filling. Although there are several types of crowns, ceramic crowns (tooth colored crown) are the most
popular. Ceramic crowns are made to match the shape , size, and color of your teeth giving you a natural beautiful smile.
Reasons for crowns:
- Broken or fractured tooth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Broken fillings
- Large fillings
- Tooth has had a root canal
What does having a crown made involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking a mold (impression) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by our dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, Dr. Petron will remove any decay and shape the tooth to properly fit the crown. Your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly. At your second appointment your temporary will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate. Usually this appointment does not require you to be numb. However, some people’s teeth are more sensitive and will need to be numb.
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. A bridge consists of two crowns that go over anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- Fill space of missing teeth.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
- Restore chewing and speaking ability
- Restore your smile
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of the enamel to allow for a crown. Next an impression is made which will be sent to out to our dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second appointment, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. The new bridge will be permanently cemented.