Dental Crown & Bridge
45 minutes – 1 hour
Once you are comfortable and picked out the Netflix show you want to watch. We will make sure that you are nice and numb for your procedure. Once your numb, we will prepare your tooth for the crown by removing any decay and fractured points on your tooth. All you will feel is some water and gentle vibrations on your tooth. Once the tooth is prepared, we will take a quick impression and make you a temporary crown. This impression will be sent to a specialized dental lab where they will create your crown to fit perfectly on your tooth.
We will remove the temporary crown with our special dental tweezers. Then we will clean your tooth and try on the permanent crown. Once we verify that the crown fits with an xray, we will go ahead and cement the crown on. That’s it!
Sometimes you need more than just a typical filling. Bridges and crowns are necessary when teeth begin to break down. Fillings are not meant to last forever and every time you replace a filling, more of the tooth has to be sculpted down. Eventually, the tooth becomes too weak to repair.
Crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. In contrast, removable prosthetics such as dentures, which can be taken out and cleaned regularly, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist. Unless you really enjoy eating Jolly Ranchers, which we don’t recommend.
What exactly is a dental crown?
A dental crown covers an existing tooth when the original tooth is no longer strong enough on its own. The original tooth may have too much decay and when drilled out is left so weak that repairing it with a filling won’t work. At this point the tooth must be sculpted down and a ‘crown’ is fitted on top of it. The crown is secured by a special dental bond which acts like a cement or glue to hold it in place. Crowns can last a very long time. Most crowns are made from ceramic or porcelain and are made specifically to fit your mouth and shade matched to your other teeth so they look exactly like the original tooth. That is why crowns cost more than a typical filling and take a longer office visit.
Crowns can restore the strength and integrity of a tooth that is damaged, cracked, or decaying. Crowns are fixed to the top of your tooth, which prevents the tooth and its roots from further damage or deterioration.
What exactly is a dental bridge?
Sometimes, a tooth cannot be saved. In this case, you’ll have a missing tooth and you can choose to close the gap, or ‘bridge’ the gap with a fake tooth. A bridge is a fake tooth in between two crowns. They are made similar to a crown with porcelain, and the fake tooth is built into the two surrounding crowns as one piece. This is how the fake tooth is held in place.
Bridges do not require surgery. Modern dental technology now has the option of implants, but implants can take up to several months whereas bridges can take a few weeks. A dental bridge can be more cost effective treatment. Because of the cost, most insurance companies may cover a bridge and choose not to cover an implant.
Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
How Long do Crowns and Bridges Last?
Crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, however they do may come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice proper oral hygiene. A dental bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. By keeping up with your regular check ups and teeth cleanings, which ideally is twice a year you will ensure that your crown and bridge last a long time.