Dental Crown & Bridge

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns provide full coverage for a tooth and can be used to repair broken or heavily decayed teeth. Crowns improve the esthetics of the tooth and will be made to look natural and match your other teeth. 

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When is a dental crown needed?

A dental crown is indicated when a tooth can no longer hold a filling. Dental crowns are a very common way to restore teeth that have broken or have large cavities. Furthermore, a patient may choose to have crowns placed on front teeth for esthetic purposes. 

Crowns can restore teeth that are chipped, discolored, or are otherwise negatively affecting the smile. Additionally, crowns can protect teeth that are broken or fractured from further damage. Fractured teeth or teeth with fracture lines should be treated with dental crowns to avoid further damage to the tooth which could lead to a possible tooth extraction. 

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

With good oral hygiene, a dental crown should last many years. Patients who brush and floss regularly and have minimal cavities will have crowns that last longer. Additionally, modern crown materials are very strong and can last many years.

There are many different types of dental crowns, which are made from some of the safest dental crown materials. Zirconia crowns are a hardened and durable like metal but have the esthetic looks of porcelain crowns. They are made to resemble the anatomy and color of natural teeth. In addition, PFM (porcelain fused to metal) crowns can be used. PFM crowns have an esthetic layer of porcelain on top of a metal of layer. However, there is no “best type of dental crown.” A full examination will determine which type of crown is best for the patient. Ultimately, the functionality and esthetics of the tooth are important when choosing crowns. In the vast majority of cases our team uses zirconia crowns. 

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Temporary Vs Permanent Crown

Temporary crowns are made at the initial dental crown visit to cover the prepped tooth while the dental lab makes the permanent crown. Once the permanent crown is made, the temporary crown is removed and the permanent crown is cemented.

At the initial tooth crown visit, the patient is numbed for optimal comfort. The tooth is prepped so that the crown can fit over the tooth. Next, an impression is made of the tooth and is sent to the dental lab to make the crown. A temporary crown is made for the patient until the permanent dental crown is completed. At the proceeding appointment, the permanent crown is cemented.

Problems With Existing Crowns?

First and foremost, patients with existing permanent tooth crown pain should be evaluated for a new crown and possible root canal. Relief from tooth crown pain depends on the source. For instance, if an existing crowned tooth is painful or there is pain when biting down, there could be a cavity or fracture on the tooth beneath the crown. To address the problem, our team will take an x-ray of the tooth to determine if there is a cavity to the nerve of the tooth or any infection. These findings may indicate the need for a root canal as well as a new crown.

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge replaces missing teeth. A dental bridge is a permanent solution because the bridge is cemented to existing teeth and cannot be removed by the patient. Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth with a porcelain crown. Furthermore, this will help to enhance your smile and chewing ability. Dental crowns are placed on the adjacent teeth on either side of the open space and connected to the new porcelain tooth in the middle, forming a bridge.