Crowns & Bridges

Crowns

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A crown is a custom-made covering that fits over a decayed, damaged or cracked natural tooth in order to restore and reinforce the tooth. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials, such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials.

Reasons for Crowns

  • Decay: After removing tooth decay, we will place a crown over your natural tooth. The crown provides support and will help protect the natural tooth from further decay. An all-porcelain crown can make your decayed tooth look perfect!
  • Broken Teeth: During your exam, we will inspect your teeth and pinpoint any that seem frail. To keep them from breaking, we can pre-emptively place a crown. If you have a broken tooth, we will place a crown to restore it so it functions properly.
  • Other Types of Damage: If you have a severely worn, cracked or injured tooth, a crown can be placed to prohibit any further damage. The crown will stabilize your natural tooth.
  • Missing Teeth: We can also use a crown to anchor a bridge. With a crown/bridge combination, a prosthetic tooth is suspended between two crowns that are placed on the adjacent teeth. The crowns hold the bridge in place.
  • Teeth that have had a Root Canal: After a root canal, we usually reinforce the tooth with a crown. This crown will support the existing tooth and increase its functionality.

E4D Crowns

We utilize the the revolutionary CAD/CAM computer system, E4D. This system allows dentists to scan, design and fabricate dental restorations such as crowns in the office – in the same visit!

This state-of-the-art technology enables us to scan the teeth to get accurate and precise measurements, and send it via internet to the E4D Studio or to an E4D Laboratory for fabrication. In just minutes, the E4D System takes ceramic and composite blocks and mills them into beautiful teeth that look and feel natural!

The result? Fewer appointments, less drilling, no temporary crowns, a beautiful smile and greater patient comfort and satisfaction.

Bridges

A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent the shifting of teeth, to fix bite problems or to ensure the strength and integrity of the surrounding teeth.

Fixed bridges are the most popular, and consist of a filler tooth attached to two crowns in order to hold the bridge in place. “Maryland” bridges, commonly used to replace missing front teeth, use tooth-colored metal bands bonded to surrounding teeth. And cantilever bridges use two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth.

Regardless of your needs, we have a bridge solution that will work best!

American Family Dentistry

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