Restoring your Smile

Crowns and bridges are used as a treatment to restore your smile and mimic the natural function of your teeth. Our affordable fees and convenient hours make it easy to stay on top of dental care. Schedule an appointment today.

What are Crowns? 
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.  A crown can be used to address decayed teeth, fractured fillings, large fillings, and teeth that have had a root canal.


Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

What does getting a crown involve? 
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.

While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate.

You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.


What are bridges? What are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular treatment plan. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.

A fixed bridge can help maintain facial shape, prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position, restore chewing and speaking ability, restore your smile and upgrade a removable partial denture.

What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires three visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for about three weeks until your next appointment.

At the second visit, the bridge foundation, known as the framework, will be carefully checked to ensure a proper fit. A shade is selected in order to ensure an appropriate match of the porcelain with your adjacent teeth. The temporary bridge is cemented back in your mouth.

At the third visit (usually 2 weeks later), the permanent bridge is ready to be inserted. It is tried in, adjusted, polished and inserted with a permanent cement.

You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.