You can repair or replace damaged, decaying, or missing permanent teeth thanks to dental restorations like crowns and bridges. At College Grove Dental Care in Marion, Iowa, general, cosmetic, and Invisalign dentists Connie A. Miller, DDS, Matthew Sieverding, DDS, and the team use the latest digital technology to design crowns and bridges of the highest quality. Call Cottage Grove Dental Care or use the online booking feature today to learn more about crowns and bridges.
Crowns and bridges repair or replace damaged or missing teeth. These restorations are often mentioned together, but they aren’t the same thing:
A crown is a cap that the Cottage Grove Dental Care team bonds on top of a damaged or severely decaying tooth. The crown restores your tooth’s shape and size, reducing the risk of other issues.
A bridge fills a gap in your smile where a single permanent tooth used to be. Most bridges have an artificial tooth and two crowns. The Cottage Grove Dental Care team bonds the crowns to your healthy teeth on either side of the gap in your smile, securing the bridge.
At Cottage Grove Dental Care, the team uses crowns to:
The team uses bridges to replace missing permanent teeth lost because of trauma, poor oral hygiene, or extraction.
At Cottage Grove Dental Care, getting crowns and bridges takes two visits spaced several weeks apart.
The team completes an oral exam, reviews your dental records, and takes a series of digital X-rays.
If you’re getting a crown, they numb your mouth with an anesthetic and remove the decaying part of your tooth enamel. Then, they take impressions of your tooth and send the impressions to a dental lab. Last, the team covers your tooth with a temporary crown for protection.
When the dental lab finishes your crown two weeks later, you return to Cottage Grove Dental Care. The team removes your temporary crown, replaces it with the permanent one, and checks your bite.
If you’re getting a bridge, the team administers a local anesthetic and prepares your abutment teeth to receive the crowns. Then, they take impressions of your teeth and send them to a dental lab.
Several weeks later, when your bridge is finished, you return to Cottage Grove Dental Care. The team fills the gap in your smile with the bridge, bonds the crowns in position, and polishes your teeth.
To explore the benefits of crowns and bridges, call Cottage Grove Dental Care today, or click the online booking tool.