CROWN & BRIDGE
Your dentist in Warren, NJ
Crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic mechanisms. Unlike dentures, which are removable, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants and can only be removed by a dentist.
A crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" which is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. Aside from restoring the tooth's shape and size, a crown provides strength and improves the tooth's appearance. Additionally, crowns are used on top of a dental implant to add function, structure and a tooth-like shape. Porcelain crowns are matched to the color of your natural teeth. Additional materials such as metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic crowns are generally stronger than porcelain and may be suggested for back teeth. The most popular crown is made of porcelain bonded to a metal shell as it is both strong and attractive.
Dr. Scott may recommend a crown to:
Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
Restore a fracture tooth
Replace a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining
Cover a dental implant
Attach a bridge
Cover a tooth that has had root canal therapy
Bridges are generally used to replace one or more missing teeth and "bridge" the gap where teeth are missing. Gaps from missing teeth can eventually cause the remaining teeth to shift or rotate which can result in a bad bit, gum disease or even TMJ disorders.
Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty space. Called abutments, these teeth serve as anchors for the bridge. Similar to crowns, porcelain or ceramic bridges are typically recommended since this material can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.
Dr. Scott may recommend a Bridge to:
Restore your smile
Enable you to properly chew and speak
Prevent remaining teeth from shifting or rotating
Maintain the shape of your face
Restore your teeths proper bite
Procedure for Crown and Bridge
In order to make sure the crown or bridge fits properly, the tooth (or teeth) are reduced in size. Once the tooth/teeth are reduced, Dr. Scott will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown or bridge. He will then help you determine the correct shade to match the color of your existing teeth.
The impression is sent to a dental lab, where your crown or bridge will be made to the correct color and specifications. A temporary crown or bridge is placed on the prepared tooth while the permanent crown or bridge is being made. Once the permanent crown or bridge is ready, the temporary is removed and the new crown or bridge is cemented into place.