Traditional crown and bridge are long trusted solutions for repairing and replacing teeth after significant tooth decay or damage. When a simple filling isn’t enough to repair teeth that are cracked, broken, or missing completely, traditional crown and bridge are recommended.
A dental crown can hold together a broken tooth, restore strength to a weak or worn tooth, and make significant cosmetic improvements to the teeth that show when you smile. It’s a tooth-shaped cap that is bonded securely over the damaged tooth.
A dental bridge replaces one or more teeth that are missing in a row, using the two teeth surrounding the gap as anchors. The prosthetic teeth (pontics) fill in the space in between. In this way, the restoration creates a literal bridge over the missing space.
The procedure for a crown or bridge is completed over the course of two to three visits to our office. At the first visit, we replace any old fillings and reshape the tooth/teeth for the crown. An impression is taken so a laboratory fabricated restoration can be made. Temporaries cover the prepared teeth in the time between. At the second visit, a quality check and some adjustments are made to ensure the new restoration fits just like it should and is permanently cemented. Maintain proper dental hygiene and stay on top of your periodic checkups to keep your crown or bridge functioning properly.