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Crowns and Bridgework

A crown is used to restore a tooth with a compromised structure so that it can function as a natural tooth. There are many reasons why a crown may be necessary; to protect a weak tooth from breaking, to restore a tooth that is damaged due to decay or trauma, it’s can also be used as the final restoration over a dental implant. Crowns can be made from different materials like gold, porcelain fused to a metal substructure or all porcelain as zirconia.

Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our office. The initial visit will focus on removing decay, shaping the tooth, and fitting it with a temporary crown. The second visit will be comprised of removing the temporary crown, fitting and adjusting the final crown and cementing it in place. Your crown will be artistically restored so that it will look and feel like your natural teeth.

A fixed bridge is a permanent restoration to replace one or more missing teeth. After diagnostic models of the teeth are made and a temporary replica of the final bridge is fabricated, the anchoring teeth for the bridge are prepared. Preparation of the anchoring teeth takes place by removing tooth structure similar to preparing the tooth for a crown (cap). Accurate impressions (molds) of the teeth are then taken and sent to the lab to fabricate the final bridge and a temporary bridge is fabricated and temporarily cemented in place. On the following appointment the final bridge will be carefully checked for fit, esthetics and the bite is verified and adjusted if needed then cemented permanently.