What is a dental crown?
Made most often from ceramics, porcelain or metal, crowns offer teeth a highly durable long-term solution when significant chipping, cracking, or decay are an issue.
A tooth that’s treated with a crown will have a mold taken before any cavities are removed. It will then be trimmed in preparation for the crown, and a temporary crown will be put in place while a permanent version is professionally crafted. Once complete, the permanent prosthetic will be cemented in place.
What is a dental bridge?
Acting as a bridge that fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth, this fixed or removable prosthetic device is often made from porcelain and is secured to crown-topped natural teeth on either end of the gap. Bridges include one or more false teeth called pontics, and they may be attached to a dental implant for increased security.
Bridges require that your surrounding (abutment) teeth receive crowns for lasting support. Once the abutment teeth have been prepared and contoured, a mold of your teeth will be made and sent to lab professionals, who will customize your permanent crowns and pontic(s). While you wait for this permanent prosthetic, our team will make a temporary bridge to protect your exposed teeth and gums. Once your bridge is ready, we’ll schedule an appointment to ensure that it fits well and looks great before putting it in place.
Wondering if you might benefit from this restorative treatment? Call our friendly team today and we’d be happy to schedule a consultation!