Restore Dental Health with Dental Crowns and Bridges.

At Dr. Stuart Katz and Associates, we specialize in restoring smiles with custom crowns and bridges tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing personalized and high-quality restorative solutions to enhance the function and aesthetics of your smile. Whether you need to repair a damaged tooth with a crown or replace missing teeth with a bridge, we’re here to help you achieve a healthy and beautiful smile.

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A dental crown, often referred to simply as a crown, is a type of dental restoration that completely encases or caps a damaged or decayed tooth. It is custom-made to resemble the shape, size, and colour of the natural tooth and is cemented into place over the prepared tooth structure. Dental crowns are used to restore the strength, function, and appearance of a tooth that has been significantly compromised due to decay, trauma, or other dental issues. They can also be used to cover dental implants or anchor dental bridges in place. Dental crowns are typically made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, or a combination of materials, depending on the specific needs and preferences of the patient.

A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between adjacent teeth or dental implants. It consists of one or more artificial teeth, called pontics, that are supported by dental crowns placed on the natural teeth or implants adjacent to the empty space. The crowns on each end of the bridge, known as abutments, serve as anchors to hold the pontic(s) in place.

Dental bridges are custom-made to match the color, size, and shape of the natural teeth, providing a seamless and functional replacement for missing teeth. They can help restore the ability to chew and speak properly, maintain the natural shape of the face, and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of position.

There are different types of dental bridges available. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health and recommend the most appropriate type of bridge for your individual case.

Determining which dental restoration is best for you depends on several factors, including the number of missing teeth, the condition of your surrounding teeth and gums, your oral health, and your personal preferences. Here’s a brief overview of the considerations for choosing between a dental crown and a dental bridge:

    1. Number of Missing Teeth:
      • Dental Crown: Used to restore a single damaged or decayed tooth.
      • Dental Bridge: Used to replace one or more adjacent missing teeth.
    2. Condition of Surrounding Teeth and Gums:
      • Dental Crown: Requires healthy tooth structure to support the crown.
      • Dental Bridge: Requires adjacent teeth or dental implants to serve as abutments for support
    3. Oral Health:
      • Dental Crown: Suitable for teeth that are severely damaged, decayed, or weakened.
      • Dental Bridge: Suitable for patients with good overall oral health and sufficient bone support.
    4. Longevity and Durability:
      • Both dental crowns and bridges are durable restorations that can last for many years with proper care and maintenance.
    5. Aesthetic Considerations:
      • Dental Crown: Can improve the appearance of a single damaged tooth, restoring its shape, size, and color.
      • Dental Bridge: Mimics the natural appearance of teeth and can improve overall smile aesthetics by replacing missing teeth.
    6. Treatment Process:
      • Dental Crown: Typically requires two dental appointments, with the tooth prepared during the first visit and the permanent crown placed during the second visit.
      • Dental Bridge: Requires multiple dental appointments for preparation, impression-taking, and final placement.

Ultimately, your dentist will evaluate your specific dental needs and recommend the best treatment option for you. It’s essential to discuss your concerns, expectations, and preferences with your dentist to make an informed decision about which restoration is most suitable for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about crowns and bridges? Find answers to commonly asked questions below.

Crowns are dental restorations that cover or cap a damaged or decayed tooth, while bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth by anchoring artificial teeth (pontics) to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants.

The lifespan of crowns and bridges varies depending on factors such as oral hygiene, diet, and the type of materials used. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for many years.

The process of getting crowns and bridges typically involves local anesthesia to numb the area, so you should not experience pain during the procedure. Afterward, some patients may experience mild discomfort or sensitivity, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

Yes, crowns and bridges can often be repaired if damaged or chipped. Contact your dentist as soon as possible if you experience any issues with your restorations.

Modern crowns and bridges are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, providing a natural-looking and aesthetically pleasing smile restoration.

Proper oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, are essential for maintaining the longevity of crowns and bridges. Avoiding habits such as chewing ice or using teeth as tools can also help prevent damage.

Yes, with proper adjustment and care, you can eat a wide variety of foods with crowns and bridges. However, it’s best to avoid excessively hard or sticky foods that may damage or dislodge the restorations.

Many dental insurance plans cover crowns and bridges, but coverage may vary depending on the type of restoration and your insurance provider. It’s best to check with your insurance company for specific details.