Crowns & Bridge

Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.

What to Expect

The placement procedure for dental crowns and bridges is very similar. Both individual crowns and dental bridges are anchored to existing teeth; in the case of a crown, only the affected tooth need be modified, while in the case of dental bridges, the teeth surrounding an existing gap must be modified to secure the bridge in place. Whether you are having a dental crown or bridge placed, expect to visit our Fairfield office on several occasions over the course of your treatment, as the placement process involves the following steps:

-Taking an Impression – As with porcelain veneers, the placement of a dental crown or bridge requires that the teeth being treated be modified to accommodate the prosthetic. In the case of a dental crown, damaged or decayed tooth material is removed and the tooth is reshaped so that the crown can be placed over top of it. When placing dental bridges, the teeth on either side of the gap are reshaped in a like fashion so that they can accommodate the anchoring crowns. Once the teeth have been modified and reshaped, an impression will be taken.

-Placing a Temporary Restoration – To protect your teeth while your permanent restoration is being fabricated, and to ensure that you enjoy full functionality while you wait to receive your crown or bridge, temporary prosthetics will be secured to the teeth to act as placeholders. A temporary dental boding agent will be used for the placement of your interim restorations so that they can be easily removed.

-Designing and Fabricating the Dental Crown or Bridge – Our dental prosthetics are fabricated in a dental laboratory by skilled and experienced ceramists. The design is based on the impressions we take of your teeth, so that your dental prosthetics match your surrounding teeth flawlessly. We are committed to designing dental crowns and bridges that fit into the mouth perfectly, not just in fit, but in finish as well. Our aim is to provide you with a dental prosthetic that takes the place of your natural tooth in every facet possible.

-Placing the Permanent Crown or Bridge – When your prosthetics are complete, you will return to our Fairfield dental office to have your temporary dental crown or bridge removed, and replaced with the permanent version. After the prosthetic has been placed over the tooth, it is secured in place with dental bonding material. The resin is then hardened with a special dental lamp so that it quickly sets. In the case of a crown, the prosthetic is secured directly atop the affected tooth; in the case of a bridge, the prosthetic will be secured the teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth.

 

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