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Crown & Bridge

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. Bridges can help restore your smile.
Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist.


A crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth or an implant, to cover it and to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented onto a tooth, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. Bridges are in fact multiple crowns fused together and are commonly used to cover a space if you’re missing one or more teeth. They are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space where the tooth once stood.

A crown typically is used to:
  • Strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling.
  • Used to attach bridges to abutment teeth (called retainers)
  • Protect a weak tooth from breaking
  • Restore a tooth that’s already broken
  • Restore a tooth with root canal treatment
  • To cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped
  • Used to cover a dental implant.

Bridges are also called fixed partial dentures, they replace missing teeth with artificial teeth and literally bridge the gap between two or more teeth. An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue anchoring through 2 or more implants. The success of a bridge depends on the foundation, which is the abutment teeth or implants. So it’s very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong.

Bridges and crowns can also be used to improve alignment and dental occlusion (bite). Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a bad bite. Bridges and crowns help prevent this from happening.

Crowns or Bridges can be made from a variety of material like:
  • Gold alloys
  • White or Base metal alloys
  • Porcelain or Ceramic
  • Porcelain fused to metal or a combination of these materials

Usually Crown and bridges are done in 2 or more visits.

  • In the initial visit the dentist numbs the area and reduces the size of the tooth or teeth so that the crown or bridge will fit properly over it.
  • After reducing the tooth/teeth, your dentist will take an impression to make an exact mold for the crown or bridge. If porcelain is to be used, your dentist will determine the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the color of your existing teeth.
  • A temporary crown or bridge will be put in place to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown or bridge is being made.
  • Using this impression, a dental lab then makes your crown or bridge, in the material specified by your dentist.
  • When the permanent crown or bridge is ready, the temporary crown or bridge is removed, and the new crown or bridge is cemented over your prepared tooth or teeth.

Your dentist’s primary concern, like yours, is helping you keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright.