Crowns & Bridges
Crowns, bridges, and veneers are all dental procedures, which utilize one of the excellent dental laboratories with whom we partner. We only use dental laboratories with whom we have a long history and have been assured of the quality of their materials and workmanship. However, each of these procedures has different indications based on the individual patient’s needs.
Crowns can be described as porcelain coverings for teeth with significant breakdown or fracture, significant tooth decay, or an existing, large, failing dental restoration. Also, teeth that have been treated with a root canal usually require a crown to protect them from breakage. Crowns are generally a two-appointment process. The first appointment involves reducing the tooth by 1 to 2 millimeters on each side and taking an impression for the dental laboratory and making the patient a temporary crown. At the lab, one of our ceramic artists will fabricate a permanent porcelain crown that is custom-made for the patient. At the second appointment, the doctor will make any minor adjustments needed to the crown and it will be bonded into place.
A bridge is a very similar process to a crown. It is also a two-appointment process. The first appointment involves reducing the teeth on both sides of the missing space by 1 to 2 millimeters, taking an impression for the dental laboratory, and making the patient a temporary bridge. The key difference is that a bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. The final bridge will be one connected restoration that covers both the prepped teeth and the missing tooth, restoring the area to natural function and esthetics.