A dental crown is a hard, tooth-colored, protective covering that surrounds the entire visible portion of a tooth. Crowns can be made of different materials including tooth-colored materials designed to blend naturally with neighboring teeth. Crowns have several applications, including:
Crowns typically take two visits. During the first visit, digital x-rays will be performed to assess the tooth structure so crown placement is optimized and to ensure any decay or other damage is removed prior to crown placement. Then, a small amount of the surface material will be removed from the tooth to make room for the crown. An impression will be made and sent to the lab where the crown is being made, and a temporary crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it. At the second visit, the crown will be applied to the tooth using a strong adhesive, then gently shaped and buffed for a perfect fit.
A dental bridge is a device used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge comprises a metal base or framework that attaches to the artificial tooth or crown. Bridges attach to the teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing teeth using strong adhesives or special clips that allow the bridge to be removed for cleaning.
Bridge procedures take two appointments and begin with digital x-rays to provide in-depth information about the treatment site. Next, the crowns on either side of the bridge are prepared for crowns and an impression is made and sent to the lab where the crowns and bridge will be made. Temporary crowns will be placed on the supporting teeth to protect them. At the second visit, the crowns and bridge are placed and adjusted so they fit comfortably and naturally in the patient’s mouth.
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