Dental crowns and bridges are restorative dental techniques for extensive tooth damage.
Crowns are designed to restore the entire visible tooth surface, and are often placed after a root canal, or endodontic treatment. Dental bridges are designed to replace missing teeth.
Dr. Huefner uses only the finest quality material in constructing both dental crowns and bridges, providing his patients with strong, natural looking crowns and bridges that are indistinguishable from their natural teeth.
Dental crowns are designed to replace the entire visible surface of the tooth, for cases of extensive tooth damage in which the root and some of the above-gum tooth material can be saved.
Crowns are frequently used to replace the tooth following a root canal, for example.
The procedure for dental crowns takes place over the course of two office visits. During your first visit, any decayed tooth material will be removed—a procedure that might include a root canal procedure—and the surface of the tooth prepared. Dr. Huefner will then make a mold of the prepared tooth to use as a template for your new crown. He will then protect the exposed tooth surface with a temporary crown that you will wear until your second visit.
Before your second visit, your new crown will be created in a dental laboratory, using the mold Dr. Huefner took of your existing tooth.
During your second visit, your new crown will be fitted to the existing tooth and affixed using a special bonding material. Once the crown is securely fitted, Dr. Huefner will make any necessary adjustments and will polish the crown to a smooth shine that looks and works just like natural tooth enamel.
Dental bridges are designed to replace teeth that are missing. Essentially, dental bridges are fake teeth that are permanently bonded to crowns on either side of the missing tooth.
When you lose a tooth, it can cause many other dental problems, including periodontal disease and tooth drift, from other teeth moving into the open area.
A bridge allows you to prevent these possible problems by filling the gap caused by the missing tooth. During the dental bridge procedure, Dr. Huefner will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap for crowns.
After the teeth have been prepared, he will take a mold of the entire area, followed by placing temporary crowns that will protect your teeth while the bridge is being created.
When the bridge arrives, you will return to Dr. Huefner’s office. During the appointment, he will remove the temporary crowns and permanently bond the bridge to your teeth.
To learn more about tooth replacement options, including dental crowns and bridges and dental implants, call or email our offices today to schedule your personal consultation.