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A dental crown is a tooth shaped cap that is placed over a weakened or damaged tooth to restore its natural appearance and to prevent further deterioration. Crowns are used in many instances. Sometimes, crowns are used in cases of severely damaged, chipped or broken teeth.
Crowns are also used to cover the exposed area of a tooth following a root canal procedure or to replace a large old filling. Crowns can provide a long-term solution to restoring the function of your teeth and enhancing the appearance of your smile.
Crowns can be made of all metal, all porcelain, or a combination of both. In our office, porcelain and Zirconia crowns are most often used.
A dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth connected to a set of crowns that is used to fill a gap created by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are alternatives to implants and dentures.
How is Crown done
Because all crowns are custom made for each patient, the procedure usually takes two appointments to complete. At your first visit, the area is numbed to make you comfortable. Your dentist will then shape and prepare the tooth so that the crown can properly fit over it.
Next, impressions are taken of the prepared tooth. A temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth while the final crown is being made. The impressions are then sent to a lab and are used to fabricate a model of your mouth on which the final crown is made.
When the final crown is ready, the office will schedule you for an appointment to insert the crown. During this appointment, dental cement is placed into the crown and it is cemented to the prepared tooth.
How is Bridges done
At your first visit, the area is numbed to make you feel comfortable. Your dentist will then shape and prepare the neighboring teeth that will support the bridge.
Next, impressions are taken of the prepared teeth and a temporary bridge is placed to protect the teeth. The impressions are then sent to a lab and are used to fabricate a model of your mouth on which the final bridge is made.
When the final bridge is ready, the office will schedule you for an appointment to insert the bridge. During this appointment, the final bridge is cemented and anchored to the neighboring teeth, so you do not have to worry about removing or repositioning the bridge once it is cemented in your mouth. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams, bridges and crowns can solve the problems created by missing and damaged teeth and last for years to come.