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Crown and Bridge Treatment

Preparing Teeth for a CrownWhen a lost or missing tooth is replaced with bridgework, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared as crowns to hold the bridge in place. Fixed bridges appear and function similar to natural teeth and remain in the mouth at all times. For single porcelain restoration, please see CEREC/Porcelain for more info. There are now full porcelain bridges available. Ask our doctors if this is a treatment option for you.


Benefits

  • Restores lost teeth and supports remaining teeth
  • Restores and maintains your natural bite
  • Prevents undue stress on natural teeth
  • Improves your speech, smile, and chewing ability
  • Helps prevent further dental decay and gum disease
  • Prevents tilting and shifting of adjacent teeth

Crowns

A crown or "cap" is a tooth-like covering placed over an existing tooth that has been specially prepared by our dentist. Crowns help to strengthen and restore or improve the appearance of your natural teeth. Crowns and bridges are most often made of superior materials such as semi-precious or precious metals, or a combination of metal fused to porcelain or full porcelain.

Caring

  • Brush the surfaces and sides of your bridge with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush after each meal
  • Floss at least once daily. Special floss threaders can help keep you clean under your fixed bridge
  • Have your teeth cleaned by your dental hygienist every six months
  • Avoid sticky foods like caramel, gum and taffy and crunchy foods like hard candy
  • Do not chew ice cubes