Crowns & Bridges

Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and should only be removed by a dentist.


Before either a crown or a bridge can be made, the tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so that the crown or bridge will fit over it properly. After reducing the tooth/teeth, your dentist will either take a traditional impression or an electronic impression using an intraoral scanner to provide an exact mold for the crown or bridge. If porcelain is to be used, your dentist will determine the correct shade for the crown or bridge to match the color of your existing teeth. 

Using this impression, a dental lab then makes your crown or bridge in your chosen material. A temporary crown or bridge will be placed to cover the prepared tooth while the permanent crown or bridge is being made. When the permanent crown or bridge is ready, the temporary crown or bridge is removed, and the new crown or bridge is cemented over your prepared tooth or teeth. 


A crown is used to entirely “cap” a tooth that is so damaged that a traditional filling cannot correct it.  Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape, or alignment. A crown is also placed on an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for aesthetics and function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic, and ceramic. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is strong and attractive.

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Are You a Good Candidate for Crowns or Bridges?

Crowns and bridges are designed to restore your smile after a tooth is damaged or lost.  You may be a good candidate for a dental crown if a tooth is cracked, chipped, broken, or suffering from significant decay.

In cases where at least a portion of your natural tooth can be salvaged, but too much damage has been done for fillings, inlays, or onlays to cover the missing portion, crowns may be the best option save any remaining tooth.  On the other hand, Bridges are a restoration option for patients that have lost one or more teeth.  Some patients find this permanent fixture preferable to removable oral appliances like dentures.

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Bridges are commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the space. These teeth serve as anchors for the bridge. A replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. As with crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. Your dentist can help you decide which to use based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, aesthetic considerations, and cost. Porcelain or ceramic bridges can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.


We want to help our patients get the dental work they need and have provided various payment options. We will work with you to maximize any insurance benefits you have or work out how to get the treatment within your budget. We accept all major credit cards. We also accept cash, checks, and approved financing.


We make every effort to provide you with the finest dental care possible. We work hand-in-hand with you to help you maximize any insurance benefits you may have.

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