Everything you need to know about Dental Crowns and Bridges
A Dental Crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth - to cover the tooth and to restore its shape and size, strength, and 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. Our Dentists will carefully prep your tooth using special instruments and then take impressions of your mouth to send to our lab. Our staff will then manufacture a temporary crown for you on the spot – made out of Temporary Acrylic Material. This material is not to be considered a permanent solution as it is meant to be a placeholder until your permanent crown arrives.
Dental Crowns are Recommended in the Following Situations:
1. To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
2. To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
3. To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
4. To cover miss-shaped or severely discolored teeth
5. To cover a tooth which has had a Root Canal (Always Recommended)
A dental Bridge is 3+ Dental Crowns or "caps" that are fused together and placed over several teeth. This procedure is used to fill in a missing tooth or teeth when a patient is not a candidate for implants or can not afford Implants at the time. The Dental Bridge is made up for Crowns and Pontics. The Crowns are just like the stand alone crowns that are used to repair a single tooth but they are fused together with Pontics which are closed off and solid tooth like units that will replace the missing tooth. The Bridge, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of the anchor teeth that lies at and above the gum line. Our Dentists will carefully prep your teeth using special instruments and then take impressions of your mouth to send to our lab. Our staff will then manufacture a temporary bridge for you on the spot – made out of Temporary Acrylic Material. This material is not to be considered a permanent solution as it is meant to be a placeholder until your permanent bridge arrives.
Currently We Offer Several Different Options for Crowns and Bridges:
The three options listed below are our most popular choices. Metal Crowns and Bridges are rarely used, but these are the most Budget Friendly option. PFM or Porcelain Fused to Metal is considered the 'Standard of Care" by most insurance plans and therefore this is the most commonly used material and in the Dental Field. The best aesthetic option is by far E.Max all porcelain crowns and bridges - which will look as close to the natural teeth as possible. We also offer Full Zirconia and Full Gold for Crowns and Bridges.
Crowns and Bridges
Porcelain Fused to Metal
Crown and Bridges
E-Max (All Porcelain)
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What to expect during the procedure
Many patients have a fear of the dentist because they instantly assume “pain” when thinking about dentistry. In reality, the assumed pain is more mental than physical.
Prior to getting a Crown Prep or Bridge Prep done, our staff will numb the general area with a topical anesthetic. This is done to slightly numb the area prior to receiving local anesthesia. Depending on the patient, the tooth, and the amount of prep required, the Dentist will choose one of several local anesthetics to use. The Doctor will then administer 1 or more shots to the gum around the area where the prep work will be done. Typically the patient will feel a slight pinch in the area when getting the first shot, and if more shots are required, there are seldom felt as the area becomes numb quite quickly. Once the Dentist has verified that the patient is adequately numb, they will begin the Crown or Bridge Prep. At this point the patient should not feel any pain, but if for some reason they do, they should let the team know immediately and more anesthetic will be administered. Once the prep has been completed, the Dentist will take impressions of the prepped tooth or teeth to send out to the lab. You and the Dentist will consult and agree on the proper shade and material to be used for the Crown or Bridge before the case is sent out to the lab. While you wait for your case to be manufactured, the team will also fabricated a Temporary Crown or Bridge to hold you over until the Permanent case arrives. This temporary crown or bridge is not to be worn for a long period of time and should be removed as soon as the permanent case comes back from the lab.
After the procedure is complete the patient will still be numb for some time – so we advise patients not to eat until the numbness wears off as they can inadvertently bite their tongue or their lip by accident. Patients may feel a slight pain in the general area where the shot was given once the anesthetics wears off. This is completely normal and will go away within a few hours. Typically, pain medication is not required, but if for any reason the patient remains in pain hours after the procedure, we advise for you to contact the office as soon as possible to speak with your Dentist.