Dental crowns are restorations that fit over your tooth, completely covering all visible portions of your tooth tissue. They’re a versatile type of restorative treatment that can address more than one dental-care need.
Some of the uses for a dental crown include:
Dental crowns are also used to support bridges and are the visible portion of dental implants.
If a dental crown is the right course of action, you’ll come to the office for the first stage of the process. A numbing medication ensures you remain comfortable as your dentist prepares your tooth for the crown, removing any damaged tooth tissue.
Imaging and impressions are gathered and sent to the dental lab to guide the fabrication of your custom crown. This ensures your crown will blend seamlessly with your smile and also enhance your bite.
A temporary crown is secured in place to protect your tooth until the permanent crown is ready. At that point, you’ll return to have the temporary crown removed and the new crown checked for fit and appearance before being cemented into position.
A dental bridge is an affixed dental device used to replace one or more missing teeth. Once in place, it’s similar in appearance to a partial denture, but a bridge cannot be removed. That makes it more secure than a partial, and many people find it more comfortable.
Dr. Ahmad and her team secure the bridgework to your adjacent natural teeth using dental crowns. The false teeth of the bridge are customized to fit your smile and blend in with your natural teeth. A bridge can have one or multiple false teeth.
The process for getting a dental bridge is very similar to that of having a custom crown placed. The same imaging and impressions are made, only you’ll have two crowns to secure your bridgework instead of just a single crown. There are also bridges that replace a back tooth and are only anchored to one of your natural teeth, although these are not commonly placed.