Crown – A crown is a word for the prosthetic replacement for the entire surface of a tooth that is visibly seen. A term that the public often uses for this is a cap. Our office now provides the newest of technology. We now offer a crown procedure that allows us to scan the tooth for an impression and fabricate a porcelain crown in office. Then cement the crown the same day. This means, no temporary and no second appointment!
Bridge– A bridge is commonly used to define the replacement of a missing tooth or teeth by suspending the missing tooth replacement off a crown on the teeth to either side of the missing tooth space. The artificial tooth is called a pontic and the teeth which carry the crowns are called abutments.
Crown and Bridge can be made of metal, porcelain, or a combination of metal and porcelain. When a porcelain crown or bridge is made, the shade is carefully selected to match the surrounding teeth.
The process of making a crown includes many steps that start in our office with preparing the teeth and taking impressions to form the tooth/teeth involved. Then a temporary crown or bridge is placed on your teeth. The impressions are sent to the lab. In the lab a mold of the teeth is poured and the work begins to make your crown. In 2 weeks you will return and the temporary will be removed and the custom crown fit permanently.