Crowns & Bridges
You may need a dental crown or bridge if you have decayed or damaged teeth that cause discomfort while eating, speaking, and smiling. The board-certified dentists at Prestige Dental Centers in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado, can repair your teeth and help you regain your smile. If you’d like to find out if dental crowns and bridges suit you, please call the Prestige Dental Centers location nearest you or book an online appointment today.
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown is a fitted cap that covers dental implants or individual teeth to restore the shape and function of decayed or broken teeth. You also may need a dental crown to cover an oversized cavity or if you grind or clench your teeth (bruxism).
At Prestige Dental Centers, the team uses several materials for crowns, including porcelain crowns to match the existing tooth. Gold and other metals are common alternatives.
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is a fixed restoration that can help restore the look and function of your mouth if you’re missing one or more teeth. A dental bridge fills the gap with an artificial tooth joined to adjacent teeth or implants.
Similar to crowns, most dental bridges are made of porcelain or a combination of porcelain and other materials to replicate the look and structure of the missing teeth.
Depending on the location and number of teeth you’re missing, you may need a crown or implant to support the dental bridge. Without the bridge, the teeth surrounding the gap from your missing teeth might shift to fill the space. This can lead to crowding and spacing issues.
Missing teeth can also make your jawbone weak or soft, causing problems that include a fractured jaw and further tooth loss. A dental bridge can help stabilize your jawbone.
What is the procedure to get a dental crown like?
Dental bridges are restorative appliances permanently placed in your mouth to replace single or multiple missing teeth through the support of the neighboring natural teeth. At Prestige Dental Centers, they are custom designed by our excellent doctors and dental lab specialists to perfectly fit your smile and provide comprehensive solutions to tooth loss.
They then bond the crown to the natural tooth with dental cement to secure the artificial cap. Lastly, they test your bite to ensure a comfortable fit, making further adjustments as needed.
What is the procedure to get a dental bridge?
A dental bridge can take longer than a crown as the procedure typically requires 2-3 appointments.
Your Prestige Dental Centers provider first files down the enamel of your adjacent teeth to place the necessary crowns, creating an easy fit for the bridge. Then they take impressions to ensure the bridge fits perfectly between adjacent teeth.
Once the bridge is ready for placement, your dentist carefully places the bridge, making any needed adjustments to ensure that it fits you comfortably.
To schedule a consultation to learn more about dental crowns or bridges, call Prestige Dental Centers or use the convenient online booking tool today.