Crown & Bridge

When a tooth is: fractured, has a large restoration, severely damaged by decay, or at risk of fracturing, your dentist may recommend the placement of a crown, (also known as a cap).

Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile, as it covers the entire tooth. Types of crowns include the full porcelain crown, the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown and the all-metal crown.

Placement of a crown requires at least two appointments.

Initially, the Dentist:

  • Removes decay and shapes the tooth
  • Makes and Impression
  • Makes and fits a temporary or transitional crown of plastic or metal

In a subsequent visit, the dentist:

  • Removes the temporary crown and fits and adjusts the final crown. Cements the crown into place.

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 bone structure, decay and gum disease.

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

Initially, the dentist prepares teeth on each side of the space to receive crowns and makes an impression of the entire area.

The dentist will then fit a temporary or transitional bridge.

In a subsequent visit, the dentist places, adjusts and cements the fixed bridge.

The materials used for the bridge include gold, porcelain fused to metal or porcelain. The amount and type of reduction done to the abutment teeth varies slightly with the different materials used. The recipient of such a bridge must be careful to clean well under this prosthesis.