Dental Crowns & Bridges
Your smile has a big influence in almost every aspect of your day-to-day life. When you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, it can have negative effects on your self-confidence, outlook and relationships. At Dental Impressions, we offer our patients the restorative procedures, dental crowns and dental bridges, to dramatically improve the appearance of a damaged, unattractive, or missing tooth.
What are Crowns?
Dental crowns are a useful and popular procedure. This procedure entails creating and placing a “cap” over the affected tooth. This cap covers the tooth on all sides, providing strength and a more aesthetic appearance.
When is a Crown Needed?
Crowns can be used to correct many different dental issues. The following are some cases where a dental crown is needed:
- To protect a damaged tooth (chipped, broken, etc)
- To repair a tooth after root canal therapy
- To restore a tooth that has extensive decay
- To hide a stained or unattractive tooth
- To anchor a dental bridge
- Implant dentistry
The Dental Crown Process
The process of receiving a crown first starts with our dentists treating the affected tooth. Oftentimes, the tooth will need to be reshaped to make room for the crown. This may include shaving a tooth down or, if a large part of the tooth is missing, using putty to build the tooth up enough to support the crown.
Once the tooth is prepared, we will then make an impression of the tooth. The impression will be sent to our laboratory where your crown is created and customized to fit perfectly over the tooth and match the surrounding teeth. While we wait for the crown to be completed, we will place a temporary crown over the tooth to protect it.
Once the crown is created, the patient returns to our office, we remove the temporary restoration and place the permanent crown with dental cement. Now, their smile is restored!
What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is an appliance that helps to replace a missing tooth. The appliance contains a prosthetic replacement tooth that is held in place between two crowns. The crowns are attached to the teeth on both sides of the missing tooth so that the prosthetic fills the empty space and restores the appearance of your smile.
Dental Bridge Process
The process of receiving a dental bridge is similar to that of a crown. Both teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared for the crown (either shaved down or built up to support the restoration). Then, the crowns are created by our laboratory. Once the crowns are complete, the prosthetic tooth (which has been customized to match the surrounding crowns and teeth) is attached to the structure.
After the bridge is complete, it is attached to the mouth via the placement of the crowns over the two surrounding teeth.