Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crowns

When a tooth is fractured, has a large, old filling, or is severely damaged by decay, your dentist may recommend the placement of a dental crown, or cap. Dental crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile. Types of dental crowns include the full porcelain crown, the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown and the all-metal crown.

Fitting a dental crown requires at least two visits to the dentist’s office.

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Initially, the dentist:
Removes decay and
shapes the tooth.
Makes an impression. Makes and fits a
temporary or transitional
crown of plastic or metal.
In a subsequent visit, the dentist:
Removes the temporary, fits and adjusts the final crown; and cements the crown into place.

Dental Bridges

Few incidents have greater impact on dental health and personal appearance than tooth loss. When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can drift out of position, which can lead to a change in the bite, the loss of additional teeth, decay and gum disease

When tooth loss occurs, your dentist may recommend the placement of a dental bridge. A dental bridge is one or more replacement teeth anchored by one or more dental crowns on each side.

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Initially, the dentist prepares teeth on each side of the space to receive crowns and makes an impression of the entire area. Fits a temporary
or transitional bridge.
In a subsequent visit, the dentist places, adjusts and cements
the fixed bridge.