Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges are a permanent solution to seriously cracked, damaged or missing teeth. Unlike dentures, which you take out to clean, crowns and bridges are fitted into your mouth by a dentist and only a dentist can remove them.

Crowns are placed over a tooth to reshape it, align with your other teeth, or create a cosmetic cover for a badly damaged tooth. Crowns can be made of a variety of materials. Back teeth crowns are often made of metal alloys or porcelain bonded to a metal core.  These crowns need to be strong enough to handle chewing.  Crowns that show when you smile are made of porcelain or ceramic and can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.

Crowns (or caps) are a good solution when the tooth has a large filling and replacing the filling isn’t possible. A large filling many times doesn’t leave enough tooth left to hold a new one. Crowns also can be used to support a bridge, reshape a tooth, or protect weak teeth.

Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. A bridge, just like the name implies, fits over two teeth and replaces the gap between them. A bridge is made by reducing the size of the original tooth to make room for the crown to fit over it. After the tooth (or teeth) are reduced in size, the dentist will take an impression of your bite to make sure the new dental work fits precisely. Temporary crowns are placed over the teeth while the bridge or crowns are hand fabricated to match both size and color.

Once the new bridge is ready, the temporary crowns will be removed, the bridge tried on for fit, and small changes made. Your bridge then will be permanently cemented into your mouth.

Dr. Ford is an expert in this careful and exacting work. You’ll be pleased with the care she takes in discussing the steps and choices. She will make sure you are comfortable with each part of the procedure. Your questions will be answered completely and promptly. Working with Dr. Ford creates a comfortable relationship that inspires trust. And trust is key to long-lasting successful care of your teeth and gums.

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