Crowns & Bridges
If you're interested in improving your smile, we can help in a variety of areas
We Offer a Complete Line of Dental Crowns & Bridges
You can keep your teeth healthy with regular brushing, flossing and check-ups. However, if over time one or more of your teeth become damaged due to decay, cracks or trauma, your Dental Associates dentist can provide you with a dental crown or bridge to fix existing issues and prevent new ones from surfacing in the future.
Both dental crowns and dental bridges fit over your affected tooth or teeth, and serves to restore the size and shape of your tooth. Learn more about both options below.
Whether you need a single dental tooth cap or a full dental bridge to cover a missing tooth, we have an affordable solution you’re guaranteed to be satisfied with.
A dental crown, or dental cap, entirely covers your damaged tooth and is a solid replacement for a damaged natural tooth. A crown fits just like a natural tooth because it is created from impressions of your tooth. After your crown is in place, your tooth will be stronger and last longer. Our dentistry team offers a variety of materials for your dental crown, and your dentist will discuss the best option for your individual case.
Learn more about when a dental crown may be recommended, the different types of crowns and the options for materials used.
Your Dental Associates dentist may recommend a dental crown to...
- Replace a large filling that no longer has enough tooth structure to continue to fill the cavity
- Protect a weak tooth from further chipping, breaking or fracturing
- Restore a fractured or cracked tooth
- Cover a poorly shaped tooth or discolored tooth
- Attach a dental bridge
- Protect and restore a tooth that has had a root canal
- Cover a dental implant
A crown will make your damaged tooth stronger and more stable. Our dentist will also help you choose the best material for a crown for your individual case.
Types of Dental Crowns
Temporary dental crowns are acrylic or metal alloy and are made right in your dentist’s office. It will cover the tooth while your permanent crown is being created in our in-house dental lab.
Stainless steel dental crowns are prefabricated crowns that are used on permanent and baby teeth. Stainless steel crowns are generally used for children's teeth because they are cost-effective and are completed in one visit.
Metal dental crowns can be made from cast gold alloys or cast silver palladium alloys. With a metal crown, less tooth structure needs to be removed before installation and the wear on opposing teeth is minimal. Metal crowns withstand biting and chewing well and rarely chip or break.
Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns contain an inner metal casting with porcelain baked over it. They look natural and blend in with surrounding teeth, but occasionally may chip and show the underlying metal. They may wear the natural enamel of the opposing teeth over time.
All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns are common and provide optimum aesthetic results. Like all porcelain dental options, they can wear the opposing teeth over time.
Missing teeth not only makes chewing and talking more difficult, but they can also cause other problems over time. Teeth adjacent to the space in your mouth can eventually shift into the empty space, which can affect your bite and lead to gum disease or other disorders such as TMJ (temporomandibular joint issues).
One way to take care of a gap caused by a missing tooth is with a dental bridge. Bridges are also used to cover a space if one or more teeth is missing. They are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space where the tooth once stood. There are two types of bridges: removable and permanent. Removable dental bridges, also called partial dentures, can be taken out and cleaned, and permanent dental bridges, sometimes called dentures.
We recommend the best and right bridge to keep your mouth at its healthiest and you at your happiest. With proper care and dental hygiene, your bridge will keep you smiling for many years to come.
Learn about the benefits of dental bridges, materials used and the types of bridges we offer.
Dental bridges help you to do the following:
- Restore the ability to chew and speak properly
- Maintain the shape of your face, preventing lip or face collapse
- Distribute the forces in your bite to alleviate stress on other teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from shifting out of position and into the gap
Each dental bridge is made differently and customized to best complement your individual case. Our dentist will work with you to recommend the best type of dental bridge based on your circumstance.
Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional dental bridges are the most common type of dental bridge. They create a crown on either side of the missing tooth, and the replacement tooth in between. Traditional bridges are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramic.
Cantilever dental bridges are used when the replacement tooth can only be supported from one side. It is typically used when the space is small and the stresses will be minimal.
Maryland bonded dental bridges are most commonly used to bridge front teeth together. This type uses metal or resin “wings” on each side of the bridge that are bonded to the existing teeth. A Maryland bonded bridge is also called a resin-bonded bridge. A large advantage of this technique is that it requires very little shaping of the anchor teeth.
Implant-supported dental bridges are recommended if you are missing more than one tooth. This technique involves the placement of two or more dental implants with space between them. These implants serve as the anchors for the permanently cemented bridgework. Dental implants simulate tooth roots and maintain the integrity of the jaw bone and provide a solid support for the bridge.
Dental bridges are made from several different types of materials including gold, alloy, porcelain or a combination of them. Our dentist will work with you to decide what material will be most beneficial to you.
Before either a crown or a bridge can be made, the tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit over it properly. After reducing the tooth/teeth, your dentist will take an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown or bridge.
Dental crowns and bridges are designed to replicate real teeth. To prevent damage to your new crown or bridge, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects. Crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene. We use the best materials on the market to ensure that your crown or dental bridge will last as long as you need it to. You can choose from porcelain, gold or silver to get the exact look you want at a price you can afford. If you need a dental crown or bridge as part of your restorative dentistry, we can create a temporary crown to fill in your smile while your permanent dental tooth cap is being created. No matter what happens, you can always count on Kings Medical Center to take care your teeth and satisfy you needs.
How Long do Crowns and Bridges Last?
While crowns and bridges can last a lifetime, they do sometimes come loose or fall out. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene. A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Also see your dentist and hygienist regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings.