Crowns and bridges are dental restorations that completely cover a damaged tooth or multiple teeth. The crowns and bridges are bonded onto existing teeth or implants.
A crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a tooth to protect the tooth and restore its shape and size, strength, and appearance. The crowns used for restorative dentistry are most often made of porcelain that has been fused to metal. This makes them strong and durable while still appearing natural and beautiful. They can be used to cover fractures or severe discoloration, to protect a weak tooth from further damage, or to improve the appearance of your smile.
Many people choose cosmetic crowns to enhance the way their teeth look. Cosmetic crowns are popular because the procedure can be completed in one visit, they are long-lasting, and they are custom-made to match your smile. We offer general dentists who can provide cosmetic dental crowns to our patients who need them.
A dental bridge is a device used to replace one or more missing teeth. The false tooth or teeth “bridge” the gap between one or more missing teeth. The bridge is cemented in place and sits on top of the gums and other natural teeth for support. Anchoring the bridge prevents shifting in the mouth that can occur when teeth are missing. These bridges can be made with gold alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
Dental bridges are permanent devices that can only be removed by a dentist. Patients should practice good oral hygiene and have regular professional cleanings to prevent disease and decay that can damage the teeth and gums over time. Additionally, patients should avoid chewing hard objects such as ice, popcorn kernels, or hard candies, as these can cause damage to the dental bridge.
How Is A Dental Crown Or Bridge Placed?
Dental crowns are custom-created covers for damaged tooth surfaces. They are typically created from porcelain over a base metal base, but they can also be made from gold and other metals. A dental crown is designed to fit over the remaining structure of the tooth and blend in seamlessly with your smile and bite pattern. Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. The restoration uses two crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap to anchor the prosthetic tooth in place.
Both crowns and bridges are customized to fit your smile and meet your specific needs.
During your appointment, your dentist will shape and shade the teeth that will be restored, then take impressions of your bite to send to a laboratory where your restorations will be prepared. Your dentist will fit you with temporary crowns or bridges while your final restorations are being made. Once your final restorations are ready, they will be bonded to the surface of your teeth to complete your smile makeover.
To learn more about our dental services or to schedule your consultation, call us at (970) 947-1717 or visit our dental office located at 120 Midland Avenue, Unit 230, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.