Crowns and Bridges

There are many reasons why a patient would have missing, discolored or misshapen teeth, and sometimes fillings are unable to repair the imperfection. Bridges and dental crowns in Jefferson Park are non-surgical options for replacing missing or damaged teeth. Both choices can restore the ability to properly chew and speak, as well as fix the overall appearance of your smile.

Crowns

Dental crowns in Jefferson Park are a painless option to restore dental imperfections and strengthen your teeth. A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over and cemented to your natural tooth.

The Crown Process

A dental drill is used to remove the outer surface of your damaged tooth. In order to create an accurate crown, your dentist will create an impression with a mold or digital scan, which is then sent to the lab in order to create the dental crown in Jefferson Park. Your dentist will apply a temporary crown because it usually takes 2 to 3 weeks for the crown to return from the lab. In your next visit, the dentist will install the crown using cement and adjust to properly fit your bite. The visible part of your tooth will be covered, but the crown material will be expertly matched to your tooth shade.

Bridges

A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth that is used to fill the space of one or more missing teeth. The false teeth are attached by connecting crowns installed on the surrounding natural teeth.

The Bridge Process

The process of getting a dental bridge changes a little depending on the type of bridge. Similar to the crown, your neighboring teeth are first drilled down for a crown to be placed over the top. Then an impression is made to create the bridge. During your next appointment, your bridge is installed in place.

Types of Bridges

  • Traditional Bridge: A traditional bridge is used when you have natural teeth on both sides of the missing gap. The porcelain tooth is held by dental crowns that have been cemented to both of the natural teeth.

  • Cantilever Bridge: A cantilever bridge is very similar but is only cemented to one tooth. These are not recommended in the back of the mouth where most of the chewing occurs.

  • Maryland Bridge: A maryland bridge works the same way as a traditional bridge, but is supported by metal or porcelain framework. Metal or porcelain wings extend from the bridge and are bonded to your natural teeth on either side.

Contact our team to find out if a crown or bridge is the right dental option for you!