If you have decayed or damaged teeth that cause you discomfort while eating, speaking, and smiling, you may need a dental crown or bridge. The board-certified dentists at Prestige Dental Centers in Colorado Springs and Pueblo, Colorado, can repair your teeth and help you get your smile back. To find out if dental crowns and bridges are right for you, call the location nearest you or book an online appointment today.
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.
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 the 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 also can allow your jawbone to become weak or soft, causing problems that include a fractured jaw and further tooth loss. A dental bridge can help stabilize your jawbone.
Your provider at Prestige Dental Centers takes an impression of your tooth to replicate its shape with the crown. Then they file down some of the enamel of your decayed or damaged tooth to attach the crown.
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.
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 make sure 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.