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Crowns and bridges are dental restorations used to repair or replace damaged or missing teeth.

Dental crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a damaged or weakened tooth, covering the entire visible portion of the tooth above the gumline to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Crowns are typically made from materials like porcelain, zirconia, metal alloys, or a combination of these.

Crowns are used to:

  • protect a weak tooth from further damage or fracture;
  • restore a broken or severely worn-down tooth;
  • support and cover a tooth with a large dental filling;
  • cover and strengthen a tooth after root canal treatment;
  • improve the appearance of a severely discolored or misshapen tooth; and to
  • anchor a dental bridge or cover a dental implant.

Dental bridges

A dental bridge is considered a prosthesis fixed to your teeth or implants used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of one or more artificial teeth called pontics that are held in place by dental crowns on the adjacent teeth or implants.

Bridges are used to:

  • replace one or more missing teeth to restore proper biting and chewing functionality;
  • prevent remaining teeth from shifting and causing misalignment due to the gap left by missing teeth;
  • improve the appearance of the smile by filling in spaces caused by missing teeth; and to
  • maintain facial structure and prevent sagging or changes in the jawbone that can occur with tooth loss.

The placement of dental crowns and bridges typically involves multiple dental visits, based on a treatment plan we’ve customized for you.