If you experience a dental emergency with severe tooth pain from decay or a fracture, you may need a crown or a dental bridge to restore your teeth and keep them anchored to your jawline. Nancy Rotroff, DDS, MAGD, and Gerard Wasselle, DMD, providing Excellence in Dentistry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are experts in crowns and bridges. They match your crown or bridge to your existing teeth for a beautiful result. Call the office to book an appointment if you think you need a crown or bridge.
Crowns and 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. They also serve a cosmetic purpose, as they enhance and restore your smile.
Crowns perform the following functions:
Dental bridges serve several purposes:
Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle X-ray your affected tooth to determine if it can support a crown. After numbing the area, they file the top and sides of the tooth and remove any decay.
After thoroughly cleaning the tooth and placing antibacterial medication where the decay or break occurred, our doctors place filling material in the space. To ensure a proper bite, they make an impression of the tooth and those above or beneath it.
Our doctors also choose a color for your new tooth that’s an exact match to the teeth around it.
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 and Dr. Wasselle 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.
With today’s technology, you can finish either procedure in just one visit.
Call the office to book an appointment to discuss your treatment options for crowns and bridges today.