Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are restorations that correct dental problems while protecting and strengthening your teeth.
When a tooth presents in a condition beyond a simple composite filling repair, crowns are an excellent choice to restore it to its proper shape and function. There are many different crowns, and each crown has its advantages depending on the ultimate function of the tooth. If crowns are necessary for you, Dr. Foster will discuss each different type and make a recommendation.
A dental crown is custom-made to fit over a damaged natural tooth. It restores the function of the tooth and provides strength and support. Dental bridges fill in the space left by a missing tooth to complete your smile.
Dr. Foster places two types of crowns:
- Full gold crowns. These crowns look gold, but are composed of a mixture of metals with a high gold content. Gold crowns are excellent for back teeth (molars) and have a record for being one of the longest lasting types of crowns.
- All porcelain crowns. These metal-free crowns are composed solely of porcelain; however, there are many different types of porcelain crowns, some of which are more esthetic than others. Dr. Foster utilizes a local Colorado lab known for their esthetic ceramic restorations and together we can transform your smile with high-quality, long-lasting materials.
When Are Dental Crowns and Bridges Used?
Dental crowns have many applications and can be used to correct a number of problems, including:
- Severely decayed teeth
- Teeth weakened by root canal treatment
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Broken fillings
- Large, unattractive fillings
A dental bridge is used to fill the space left by a missing tooth. The bridge is usually made as a single unit that is held in place by crowns on adjacent teeth. A dental bridge not only improves your appearance but also prevents surrounding teeth from shifting out of place and moving into the space left by a missing tooth.
What Does Placing a Crown or Bridge Involve?
A dental crown or bridge can usually be placed in two or three visits. First, we prepare your natural tooth to receive the restoration, and then impressions are taken of your teeth. The impression accurately represents the position of your natural teeth so that your restoration fits perfectly.
The impressions are sent to a special dental lab and are used to create your permanent restoration, which usually takes about two weeks. Before you leave our office, we fit you with a temporary bridge or crown that you wear while the new crown or bridge is being prepared.
Once the restoration is finished, we will schedule an appointment for you to return to our office. At that time, we check the finished restoration for proper fit, making adjustments as necessary. Finally, the restoration is cemented permanently into place.
Before you leave our office, we will give you instructions on caring for your new restoration. The restoration is fully functional, but you should remember that it requires special care to prevent damage and the need for replacement. If you follow proper oral hygiene and schedule regular dental cleanings, your new restoration will last for many years.
If we can answer further questions, please do not hesitate to call or email anytime!