A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth – covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance, although it is often less durable.
The treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown involves:
This process generally consists of a minimum of 2-3 visits over a three to four week period.
Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime.
A dental bridge is a fixed appliance used to replace one or more missing teeth. These appliances are cemented into place and cannot be removed by the patient.
The bridge is constructed of 3 or more crowns that are fused together covering the open space as well as the teeth on either side of the missing tooth, hence, "bridging" the gap. There is a pontic tooth (false tooth) for every missing tooth being replaced and what’s called an abutment tooth for every supporting tooth. Similar to when a crown is prepped there is a waiting time. You will wear an acrylic temporary for 3 weeks while the lab customizes your bridge. This procedure takes 2 appointments.