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Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crowns & Dental Bridges

Dental crowns (or caps) are dental restorations that are placed over a tooth when conservative restorations are insufficient to restore form and function. A dental bridge serves to replace a missing tooth or teeth. One type of dental bridge consists of dental crowns placed on either side of the missing tooth to connect the replacement tooth or teeth to them. Another type of dental bridge consists of the replacement tooth attached to the adjacent teeth with wing-like appendages. Dental bridges can also be supported by dental implants. Dental crowns and bridges can be made entirely of tooth-colored material, metal, or a combination to provide optimal esthetics and durability. Some metal-free dental crowns and bridges incorporate stress-bearing materials to enhance their strength and wear-resistance.

Is A Dental Crown/Bridge Right For Me?

A dental crown has many advantages. Dental crowns address esthetic needs, restore tooth function, and enhance the overall health of your mouth. In cases where teeth have large broken down fillings, a dental crown can protect and preserve the remaining natural tooth. To enhance your smile, metal-free, tooth colored, porcelain crowns can also replace older metal or metal with porcelain crowns. Porcelain crowns have translucent qualities that, with the help of an expert cosmetic dentist like Dr. Ty, can allow your new crowns to look just like natural teeth. Following root canal therapy, a dental crown is typically placed over the remaining tooth structure to preserve esthetics and tooth function.

Is a Dental Bridge Right For Me?

In cases where teeth are missing, a dental bridge prevents the remaining natural teeth from shifting so that dental health and facial esthetics are not compromised. Dental bridges may also provide a permanent, non-removable alternative to removable partial or full dentures. Whether supported by natural teeth or dental implants, dental bridges can offer life-like aesthetics and stable chewing surfaces. The can be easily maintained by brushing with modified brushing and flossing.

What Happens At The First Appointment For A Dental Crown Or Bridge?

With both dental crowns and bridges, Dr. Ty Etheridge needs to shape the teeth to provide stable support and precise fit of the final restoration. Following tooth preparation, impressions are taken of the teeth, and a replica of your mouth is created for the dental laboratory to make the restoration. You and Dr. Ty Etheridge will carefully discuss the color, shape, and size of the dental crown(s) or dental bridge(s). A temporary restoration is secured to protect the prepared teeth and maintain the precise space left by the tooth until the new restoration is fabricated. If an implant-supported dental crown or bridge is the best option, Dr. Ty Etheride will evaluate your health and suitability for the implant placement. The dentist may also proceed with surgical planning or refer you to a specialist trained in implant surgery. 

What Happens At the Next Appointment For A Dental Bridge Or Crown?

 When the dental bridge or crown is fabricated, your dentist and assistant removes your temporary restoration, and tries on the dental bridge or crown to verify fit and your approval. Once the restoration is adjusted and approved, the dentist uses a luting cement or an adhesive bonding agent to permanently secure the final restoration.

If you have damaged or missing teeth, come visit Dr. Ty Etheridge at Etheridge Family Dentistry and learn if a dental crown or a dental bridge is the right restorative and cosmetic dental solution for you. Simply call our office  today or fill out the form on this page and we will contact you as quickly as possible.

Check out the video below for a great explanation of how crowns are created and applied

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