A crown is a protective covering that’s designed and shaped to fit snugly over your tooth. Crowns are made of durable materials that can be tinted to match your neighboring teeth so they look natural. Crowns protect weak and badly damaged teeth, hide deeply-discolored teeth and dark fillings, restore teeth that are broken or cracked, and strengthen teeth that have root canals as well as those used to support bridges.
Because your crown will be custom-made, you’ll need to come to the office twice. At your first visit, your tooth will be prepared for the crown, a process that involves removing a small amount of the tooth’s surface material to make room for the crown. Then, Dr. Mori will make an impression of the tooth to serve as a mold for the crown, and he’ll place a temporary crown on the tooth to protect it. At the second visit, Dr. Mori will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent crown on your tooth, adjusting it for a perfect fit.
Bridges replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge uses a strong, metal framework that attaches to prosthetic (artificial) teeth. The bridge is attached to the teeth on either side of the opening left by the missing tooth. It can be attached using clips so it can be removed, or it can be permanently attached with strong dental adhesives.
Just like crowns, bridges typically take two visits. At the first visit, the teeth that will be used to support the bridge will be prepared for crowns. Then Dr. Mori will make an impression of the entire area, including the gap and the supporting teeth. The impression will be sent to the lab, where the bridge and crowns will be made, and Dr. Mori will place temporary crowns on your teeth to protect them. At the second visit, the temporary crowns will be removed and the permanent crowns and bridge will be placed for a comfortable and secure fit.
Not at all. Crowns and bridges can be cared for with regular brushing and flossing and routine dental checkups, just like you care for your natural teeth. With proper care, your crowns and bridges can last for many years.