If you experience a dental emergency with severe tooth pain from decay or a fracture, you may need a crown or perhaps a dental bridge to restore your teeth and keep them anchored to your jawline. Our doctors at Ft. Lauderdale, Florida are experts in both procedures. We match your crown or bridge to your existing teeth for a beautiful result. Call our office if you think you need a crown or dental bridge.
Crowns and dental bridges are both cosmetic and restorative. Crowns cover what remains of your tooth if a large part of it is missing.
Dental bridges are made up of two or more crowns on either side of the missing tooth or teeth. These "anchor" teeth are called abutments while the false tooth or teeth filling the gap are called pontics. Your dental bridge can be supported by natural teeth or implants. The benefits of both crowns and bridges include not only restoring your smile but also restoring your ability to properly chew, maintaining the shape of your face, and preventing your teeth from drifting out of position.
Both crowns and bridges restore your teeth so that they are even, aligned, and your natural tooth color. Thus they also serve a cosmetic purpose, because they enhance and restore your smile.
Crowns perform the following functions:
Dental bridges serve several purposes; they
Our doctors will X-ray your affected tooth to determine if it can support a crown. After numbing the area, we file the top and sides of the tooth and remove any decay.
After the tooth is thoroughly clean and medication placed where the decay or break occurred, a filling material is placed in the space. To ensure proper bite, the doctor will take an impression of the tooth and those above and beneath it.
We also choose a color for your new tooth that’s an exact match to the teeth around it. The impressions taken by the doctor serve as a model from which the bridge or crown will be made by a dental laboratory. A temporary bridge or crown will be made for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge or crown is being made. When you return for your custom made bridge or crown, your doctor will cement it into place giving you a beautiful restoration that matches your existing teeth.
Long ago, when people lost a tooth, it left a gaping hole, and the teeth surrounding the hole shifted in attempts to fill in the gap, creating bite and jaw problems. Dental bridges close the gap created by missing teeth.
Our doctors will place a crown on either side of the missing tooth or teeth. The crowns help anchor the new false tooth or teeth. The replacement teeth, called pontics, are made of alloys or porcelain; they sit between the two crowns.