Crown & Bridge Services
Dental crowns and bridges are among the most common types of dental restoration performed in Aurora. Crowns and bridges are both used to replace missing teeth, restore damaged teeth, improve function, and restore your smile. We offer many options for giving you your most beautiful smile with quality dental restorations.
What is a Crown?
A dental crown is a “cap” that is placed over a damaged tooth to cover the tooth completely and restore strength, size, shape, and appearance. Once a crown is fully placed and cemented, it will cover the entire visible portion of your tooth at and above your gum line.
Crowns can be made from a wide variety of materials, including metal or ceramic for a very natural appearance. Common types of crowns in Aurora include:
- Stainless steel. This type of crown is usually designed to be temporary while a permanent crown is made. Stainless steel is also a popular choice for children’s crowns.
- Metal alloy crowns can be made with base metals like nickel-chromium alloy or a gold alloy. This type of crown offers a very long life with excellent biting force, but the color is a drawback.
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal. These crowns can be matched to adjacent teeth in color and look very natural, although the porcelain can break off over time. This option is a good choice to compromise between the durability of metal and the appearance of porcelain and it’s often used for long bridges for additional strength.
- Ceramic or porcelain. These crowns offer the best match to natural teeth and may be used for front teeth.
What is a Bridge?
A bridge is a dental device that bridges a gap created by one or more missing teeth. Bridges are made up of two or more crowns over adjacent teeth on either side of the gap to work as anchors for a false tooth in the middle. The adjacent teeth are called abutment teeth while the false tooth is referred to as a pontic. Bridges can be made from porcelain, gold, metal alloys, and a combination of these materials. While bridges can be supported by adjacent natural teeth, they can also be supported with a dental implant.
There are four primary types of dental bridges in Aurora used today:
- Traditional bridges are the most popular option and they are made up of pontics that are held in place with crowns on abutment teeth. This type of bridge is a good option if you have natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth, but there is a drawback: the adjacent teeth must be prepared for a crown by removing the tooth enamel.
- Implant-supported bridges can be an excellent option if you are missing more than one tooth as they do not require crowns or framework.
- Maryland bridges offer a more conservative restoration as they are made with a pontic held in place with metal or porcelain framework bonded to the backs of your adjacent teeth. The downside is these bridges are not as long-lasting as traditional bridges.
- Cantilever bridges are often used to replace several missing teeth and they are made of a pontic supported by an abutment on just one side. The downside is the complication rate with this type of crown is higher than with the traditional method.
Crown and Bridge Procedure
We strive to make your dental appointment as easy and stress-free as possible. Getting a bridge or crown does not need to be frightening; compassionate and painless dental care means only one or two dental appointments will be necessary to restore your smile.
The process of getting crowns and bridges in Aurora begins with preparing your teeth. With a crown, the outer portion of the damaged tooth will be removed to allow the crown to fit. Any decay will also be removed during this stage. Sometimes the core of the tooth needs to be build up to support a crown.
An impression of your teeth will then be made to create an exact model for your crown. Depending on the type of crown you choose, you may receive a temporary crown or you may have a crown made in-office. After the crown is ready, the dentist will make any necessary adjustments for a perfect fit and bite.
With a bridge, adjacent teeth will need to be prepared for crowns or wings first. Impressions will be made of the prepared teeth to create a temporary crown and bridge and construct a false tooth or teeth to fill empty spaces. Bridges usually require two visits: one to prepare the teeth, take impressions, and place a temporary bridge and a follow-up appointment to place the final crowns and bridge.
Schedule Your Appointment
If you have missing or damaged teeth or you want to improve the shape and appearance of your teeth, bridges and crowns in Aurora are cost-effective and reliable dental procedures that can give you a smile you’ll be proud to show off. Contact our office today to schedule your initial appointment to learn more about dental restoration and decide if this procedure is right for you.