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Crowns & Bridgework

At Brittney K. Craig, DMD, we understand the importance of a healthy, confident smile. Dental crowns and bridgework are valuable solutions that can restore not only the aesthetics but also the function of your teeth. In this brief guide, we'll explore what dental crowns and bridgework are, their benefits, and how they can help you maintain a beautiful, functional smile.

Dental Crowns: Reinforce and Restore: Dental crowns, also known as caps, are custom-made coverings that fit over a damaged or weakened tooth. They can strengthen and protect a tooth while restoring its natural appearance and function.

 

When Are Dental Crowns Needed? Dental crowns may be recommended in various situations, including:

  • Protecting a Weak Tooth: To protect a tooth that is weakened by extensive decay, cracks, or a large filling.

  • Restoring a Broken Tooth: To repair a tooth that has been fractured or extensively damaged.

  • Covering Discoloration: To conceal severe stains or discoloration that cannot be addressed with teeth whitening.

  • Supporting Dental Bridges: Crowns serve as anchors for dental bridges, helping replace missing teeth.

 

The Crown Placement Process: Getting a dental crown typically involves the following steps:

  • Consultation: We'll discuss your dental needs and create a personalized treatment plan.

  • Tooth Preparation: The affected tooth will be prepared by removing a portion of its outer layer to ensure a secure fit for the crown.

  • Impressions: Precise impressions are taken to create a custom crown that matches the shape and color of your natural teeth.

  • Temporary Crown: While your permanent crown is being fabricated, a temporary crown may be placed to protect the tooth.

  • Crown Placement: Once your custom crown is ready, it will be cemented onto the prepared tooth, restoring its strength and appearance.

 

Bridgework - A Solution for Missing Teeth: Dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of artificial teeth (pontics) held in place by crowns on adjacent natural teeth or dental implants.

 

Why Choose Bridgework? Bridges offers several benefits, including:

  • Restored Function: Bridges restore your ability to chew and speak comfortably.

  • Improved Appearance: Bridges fill gaps left by missing teeth, enhancing your smile's aesthetics.

  • Maintained Tooth Alignment: Preventing neighboring teeth from shifting and causing alignment problems.

 

The Bridgework Process: Creating and placing a dental bridge typically involves:

  • Consultation: We'll assess your dental needs and discuss bridge options.

  • Tooth Preparation: The teeth adjacent to the gap are prepared to receive crowns that will anchor the bridge.

  • Impressions: Accurate impressions are taken to create a custom bridge.

  • Temporary Bridge: While your permanent bridge is being made, a temporary bridge may be placed.

  • Bridge Placement: Once ready, the custom bridge will be secured in place, restoring your smile's function and appearance.

Invest in Your Smile: Dental crowns and bridgework are investments in your oral health and confidence. They offer durable solutions that can last for many years with proper care and maintenance.

At Brittney K. Craig, DMD, we are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. If you have questions about dental crowns, bridgework, or any other dental concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to our office. 

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