Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are used to replace missing teeth, restore damaged teeth and help you maintain optimum dental health. The purposes of these restorations are to assure that your teeth are fully functional and you are satisfied with how they look and feel. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover what it once was.

This long term-solution can help prevent the cycle of problems that occur when just one tooth is missing; such as shifting, decay, periodontal disease and bone loss. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for them as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Please call Dr. Ward’s office if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.

For front teeth crowns and bridges are made of all porcelain material. This prevents the “black line” many people have with older restorations or crowns producing a much more esthetic result.

A crown is a restoration which completely covers a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are a two visit procedure. Initially Dr. Ward will take an impression of the tooth and send it to the lab to be custom made. Approximately 2 weeks after your impressions the crown will be inserted. They are typically bonded to the tooth using dental cement. Most crowns are made of porcelain, a stain-resistant material that closely resembles your natural tooth. The crown provides an esthetically pleasing permanent solution that will improve the function and beauty of your teeth.

A bridge is a custom restoration that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. When a lost tooth is replaced with bridgework, the teeth on either side of the missing one must be prepared as crowns to serve as abutments to hold the replacement bridge in place. Similar to the crown, a bridge is a two visit procedure.

Losing a permanent tooth can cause many serious problems for your adjacent teeth. Because the support and chewing forces are altered, the remaining teeth will begin to shift. The tooth above or below can begin to move up or down and out of the socket, which can accelerate periodontal disease and further break down the bone structure. If the missing tooth is not replaced, more teeth may eventually be lost due to the improper forces exerted during chewing.

Contact Dr. Ward’s office if you experience any of the following:

  • Teeth that are discolored
  • Teeth that are fractured
  • Teeth that are painful to chew on