When a tooth’s structure is compromised, a crown rebuilds it. A crown is usually made of ceramic or a composite material. Getting a crown generally requires multiple appointments to complete. First, the tooth is prepared to make room for the crown. Sometimes when a tooth is severely damaged and there is not enough of the natural tooth remaining to support a crown, a procedure called a build up is performed using composite to add back enough structure so the tooth can be crowned and preserved.
Next, we will take an impression of the prepared tooth, and put on a temporary crown while a dental laboratory is making your final restoration. When the permanent crown is ready, your doctor will make final adjustments and cement it into place.
A bridge consists of three crowns splinted together and is used to replace a missing tooth. The bridge uses teeth on either side of the missing tooth space for support.
It typically requires multiple appointments to complete the process of getting a bridge. At the first appointment, your doctor will take an impression — or mold — of your teeth for the temporary bridge. Next, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared to become the support structure for your new tooth. A second impression is taken of the prepared teeth, which will be used by a dental lab to create the final bridge. Your doctor will provide you with a temporary bridge while your final restoration is being made. When the final restoration is ready, your doctor will remove the temporary bridge and replace it with the permanent one, making any adjustments needed for a perfect fit and bite. Once completed, the area is restored to optimal function and appearance.