Crowns and Bridges Q & A
What are crowns and bridges?
Crowns and bridges are restorative treatments for damaged, decayed, or missing teeth. These restorations rebuild the natural shape and size of your teeth to improve function. Crowns and bridges also protect your teeth from further damage.
What can crowns and bridges treat?
While a dental bridge replaces a missing tooth, crowns can restore:
- Severely decayed teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Tooth discoloration
- Teeth with large fillings
- Weakened teeth
- Teeth worn by grinding
- Teeth treated with root canal therapy
- Misshapen teeth
Crowns also hold bridges in place. They provide support for the anchoring, or abutment, teeth surrounding the artificial tooth. Along with holding bridges in place, crowns can attach to dental implants.
At Blue Palm Dentistry, Dr. Gottardi also offers porcelain veneers. These wafer-thin shells of porcelain bond to the surface of your teeth to change their shape, size, or color.
How are crowns and bridges placed?
Placing crowns and bridges typically requires two appointments. During your first visit, Dr. Gottardi cleans and prepares your affected teeth. Before fitting you for a crown, he reshapes the tooth. That step ensures that your crown blends in seamlessly with the rest of your smile without looking bulky.
Next, Dr. Gottardi takes impressions of your teeth to create your custom-made ceramic crowns. It takes about 2-3 weeks to manufacture a crown, so you’ll wear a temporary crown to protect your tooth in the meantime.
When you return for your next visit, Dr. Gottardi replaces your temporary restoration with your custom-made crown to restore your smile.