Dental crowns fit over broken, discolored, or cracked teeth. Bridges fill the space resulted after dental extractions and protect the teeth from further injuries or damages. Doctor George and the Lotus Dental Clinic team are well trained and look forward to answering your questions about Crwons and Bridges.
Crowns are used to restore both anterior and posterior teeth that have been broken or are at high risk of doing so due to large old fillings or fractures. There are a variety of materials used to design these reconstructions in our office and in laboratories. The crowns will look and feel close to your real teeth.
Crowns are indicated if a significant portion of the tooth is missing. Usually, extensive decay, injury or root canal therapy, are the reasons to recommend a crown. Crowns are usually either made of noble alloys, or porcelain. There are many different types of porcelain crowns and we will determine which type is best suited for your particular need.
Most crowns and inlays/onlays are fabricated in Office using digital impressions and a small robotic milling unit. You will only need one appointment to have a final restoration. Less time, less needles, less trauma to the tooth. Ask us how.
Bridges are fixed, or non-removable prosthetics intended to replace one or more missing teeth. The teeth on both sides of the existing space are used to attach the bridge to restore functionality and esthetics. Materials used for this process are noble alloys, porcelain or porcelain fused to metal. Bridges are indicated whenever at least one tooth is missing. A bridge is composed of abutments and pontics. Abutments are the supports for the bridge and consist of crowns placed on the teeth surrounding the empty space. The pontics are special crowns that span across the empty space and connect to the abutments.
After the teeth are prepared, we will take an impression of the prepared teeth, make a temporary bridge to place on the teeth to protect them, and send the impression to a dental laboratory to fabricate the bridge. At your next visit, we will try-in the bridge to ensure a good fit and then cement the bridge in place.