Crowns & Bridges
Crowns and dental bridges are two of the most common restorations available today. At Prosthodontics of Princeton, we specialize in both of these restorations because they are time-tested and effective solutions for teeth that have been damaged beyond the repair of a composite restoration. If you have a problematic tooth, our restorative treatments can get your smile back on track!
What Is a Crown?
A dental crown is a full-coverage procedure that improves the function and cosmetics of a badly damaged tooth. We may recommend a crown to:
In the past, crowns were usually made from metal. These days, patients have more options than ever before. Many people choose porcelain crowns due to their superior aesthetics and increased strength The type of crown you receive depends on the location of the tooth in your mouth and your oral habits. A patient with a grinding habit may require a stronger porcelain for a tooth in the back of the mouth, for example.
To place a crown, the tooth in question must be prepared in a way to allow the crown to fit over the top of it. After we reshape the tooth, we will make an impression or scan it which we then use to fabricate your final crown. Once your final crown is ready, we will permanently bond it to the tooth.
The crown procedure is typically broken up into two appointments: one to prepare the tooth and one to place the restoration. Thanks to new CAD/CAM technology, like CEREC, it may also be possible to reshape the tooth and place the crown during the same appointment.
What Is a Bridge?
A traditional bridge is a popular option for tooth replacement. If you are missing one or more adjacent teeth, a bridge can help restore the appearance of your smile and prevent potential problems. Once you lose a tooth, your surrounding teeth may shift out of position to accommodate the open space. This restoration, as the name suggests, literally “bridges” the gap and keeps your teeth in their proper alignment.
The prosthesis itself consists of two dental crowns linked together by a pontic or false tooth. If you are missing multiple teeth, the bridge may consist of multiple pontics. As with dental crowns, the surrounding teeth must be completely reshaped to accommodate the appliance.
Because the fabrication process may take several weeks, we typically install a temporary bridge to restore your ability to properly chew and speak. Some permanent bridges these days are made from porcelain or zirconia. Talk with Dr. Isaacson, Dr. Reinhardt and Dr. Milone to learn more about your restorative options.
After You Receive Your Crown or Bridge
Once your restoration is in place, we will give you a detailed set of post-operative instructions. Thanks to advancements in technology and technique, most patients experience very little pain or discomfort during and after their procedure.
You should be able to treat your crown or bridge as you would your natural teeth. Be sure to implement a good oral hygiene routine to prevent potential complications. Regular checkups and professional cleanings are also an important part of your oral health. With the proper care, your new restorations should last for many years!
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If you have a damaged, decayed, or missing tooth, a crown or bridge may be the ideal solution. Call (609) 924-1975 to schedule your appointment today!