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. Dr. Nancy Rotroff, DDS, MAGD in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is an expert in both procedures. She matches your crown or bridge to your existing teeth for a beautiful result. Call Dr. Rotroff’s office or book an appointment online 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 two or more crowns that sit on either side of a false tooth -- or teeth -- to strengthen your bite and maintain your jawline.
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
Dr. Rotroff X-rays your affected tooth to determine if it can support a crown. After numbing the area, she files the top and sides of the tooth and removes any decay.
After thoroughly cleaning the tooth and placing antibacterial medication where the decay or break occurred, she places filling material in the space. To ensure a proper bite, she makes an impression of the tooth and those above or beneath it.
She also chooses a color for your new tooth that’s an exact match to the teeth around it. Then a milling machine manufactures the tooth right in the office.
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.
Dr. Rotroff places 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.
With today’s technology, you can finish either procedure in just one visit.