Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges make a perfect combination for restorations – they provide support for surrounding healthy teeth, help replace damaged teeth, and restore the structure of the gums and jawbone. Crowns and bridges can help restore underlying oral conditions, such as periodontal disease and severe tooth decay, and help patients regain the beauty and function of their smile.

Did you know…
These custom-fitted prosthetic devices have their purpose; the crown, or cap, is affixed over a tooth structure or implant frame to replace single or multiple missing teeth, and the bridge helps fill in numerous gaps by using an anchor and is then supported by the surrounding teeth or crowns. Originally, crowns were used by the Etruscan civilizations to restore teeth, using materials such as ivory, gold, and bones. These methods of restoration were continued to be used up until the 20th century when porcelain crowns were invented.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I qualified for crowns or bridges?

Crowns and bridges are customized explicitly for a person’s bite – if you have decaying and damaged teeth, then either of these procedures could help you. These procedures all depend on the condition of your teeth. If you only have decaying teeth, then crowns could help restore the tooth entirely, while bridges can help replace the former positions of the surrounding teeth as well as replace your damaged teeth. If you’re still wondering if you qualify, then contact Dr. Karl today to schedule a consultation.

What should I understand about crown and bridge placements?

Before beginning any procedures involving crowns or bridges, Dr. Karl will need to take alginate or digital impression of your teeth to fabricate the new prosthetic devices. While those impressions will be sent to the dental lab, Dr. Karl will prep the teeth by removing portions of the enamel before placing a temporary crown with removable glue. Patients will need to wait two weeks before receiving their permanent restorations, and during this time, any issues with the temporary crowns can be addressed. Afterward, the permanent restorations will be placed onto the tooth structures, and patients will receive their new smiles as a result!

What post-treatment instructions do I need to follow?

During this time, your mouth will need to heal and adjust to the new crown or bridge placement so that you could experience some hot and cold sensitivity. You may also experience some soreness around the gums, as it will take a few days to heal. After a few days, you’ll be able to speak, eat, and sleep without any feelings of discomfort. If you have any more concerns about crowns and bridges, then schedule an appointment with St. Clair Dental today to meet with Dr. Karl for a consultation.