Dental crowns and bridges are customized restorations that are provided when teeth have become severely damaged or lost. They can be used in the same way as a patient’s original teeth, allowing them to chew normally and speak with clarity. Crowns and bridges can also restore the look of a patient’s smile, as they offer the same appearance as natural teeth.
When receiving a dental crown or a bridge, a patient will need to make at least two visits to our practice. The first visit will consist of taking impressions of the patient’s teeth and planning the restoration. After the restoration has been built in a dental laboratory, the patient will return for their second visit, and the crown or bridge will be applied. Our practice offers the option to construct crowns and bridges out of porcelain, and we encourage patients to ask us about this possibility.
When a single tooth is damaged, a dental crown is used to improve its appearance and function. A crown is a relatively simple appliance that is nothing more than an artificial tooth. If the crown is repairing a damaged tooth, it will “cap” the existing structure and keep it protected. Crowns can also be used to support dental bridges. When this is done, the crown is referred to as an abutment.
Some relatively minor preparations will need to be completed before installing a dental crown. For a crown that is being placed over an existing tooth, it is necessary to first remove some tooth enamel to help the dental crown fit properly. For a crown that is replacing a missing tooth, a dental implant will need to be installed. The crown can then be secured to the implant. The patient will then be provided with instructions on how to care for the restoration.
One of the most effective ways to replace multiple lost teeth is with a dental bridge. A dental bridge consists of one or more prosthetic replacement teeth that are supported by two dental crowns. The crowns will be placed on teeth at the two “ends” of the bridge to support the replacement teeth in the middle. These replacement teeth will “bridge” any gap that was created from the lost teeth. Dental bridges remain secure due to the support that is provided from the dental crowns. With proper care, a dental bridge should remain intact for life. However, the restoration will most likely require some maintenance and repairs every few years.
A dental crown or a bridge may be able to improve your oral health and restore the appearance and function of your smile. You may call us at (203) 408-2868 to schedule an appointment.