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Crowns & Bridges

A crown is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or a dental implant. A dental crown can be used for a tooth you might consider to remove and make it stronger for years. A dental crown can also anchor a dental bridge, which is a replacement option for a missing tooth or teeth.

Why you would need dental crown?

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining.
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth


What are Dental Bridges?

A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and TMJ disorders.

Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be.

Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. These teeth, called abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to crowns that cover the abutments.

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How many different types of crown are to choose from?

Noble metal crowns:
Gold is used to make the crown.
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Porcelain fused to metal crowns:
The crown has an internal structure made of metal, which is covered over with a ceramic material.
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All ceramic crowns:
The crown is made entirely of highly strong material
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All silver metal crown:
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During your treatment plan you can discuss the options with your dentist.

How are Crowns and Bridges made?

Before either a crown or a bridge can be made, the tooth or teeth must be reduced in size so that the crown will fit over it properly. After reducing the tooth/teeth, dentist will take an impression to make an exact mold for the crown or bridge. The dentist and you can determine the correct shade to match the color of your existing teeth.

Using the impressions at the initial visit, a dental lab then makes your crown or bridge. A temporary crown or bridge will be put in place to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown or bridge is being made. When the permanent crown or bridge is ready, the temporary crown is removed and the new crown or bridge is permanently cemented over your tooth or teeth.

How long do Crowns and Bridges last?

While crowns and bridges can last a decade or more, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing twice a day, flossing and using a mouth wash daily.

As always, good oral hygiene is still necessary, even with false and crowned teeth. For a potential alternative to a bridge, click here to learn about dental implants.

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