Both dental crowns and bridges are considered fixed prosthetic devices in the mouth. They are custom-made and are used to treat a number of different issues.
Crowns are also called “caps” because they cover a tooth entirely. They can be recommended to:
Campbell & Williams specializes in providing Same Day Crowns these can also used to attach dental bridges. These can be made from a variety of materials, such as porcelain, ceramic, gold or metal alloys, or acrylic. Alloys are generally stronger than porcelain, though porcelain can be made to match the color of the natural teeth, allowing them to be less conspicuous. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it has the strength of metal alloys but the aesthetics of a porcelain crown.
A bridge is commonly used to replace one or more teeth. It is usually anchored to a neighboring tooth or teeth (a dental implant can also be used) with the prosthetic spanning the space of the missing teeth. The anchoring teeth are called abutments, with the prosthetic, called a pontic, attached to them. The material used to create a bridge will depend on where the missing teeth are located in the mouth. Like crowns, porcelain and ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of the natural teeth.
When our dentist near you places a dental bridge, the abutment tooth (or teeth) must first be prepared to receive a crown. This will require it to be filed down a portion to make room for the crown to fit. When it has been sufficiently reduced in size, the dentist will take an impression of it to send to a dental laboratory where both crowns and bridges are made. For dental bridges, the gap where the missing teeth are will also show in the impression. A temporary crown or bridge will be placed to cover the prepared tooth and keep it protected while the crown or bridge is being made. Once it returns from the dental lab, the temporary crown or bridge will be removed, and the completed crown or bridge will be cemented into place.