Dental Crowns and Bridges

If you are missing teeth or have teeth that are damaged, you might feel self-conscious about smiling. You might also have problems chewing your favorite foods comfortably.

Everyone wants a smile that is beautiful and functions properly.

Come to Hillcrest Dental for accurate, quality, and precise placement of dental crowns and bridges. Dr. David Akkara will perform a full evaluation of your mouth and provide the treatment you need to restore your healthy smile.

When Dental Crowns and Bridges Are Used

A dental crown is a tooth cover that is used to strengthen a damaged tooth. Crowns are frequently recommended in the following situations:

  • To restore a tooth that has a very large filling that has begun to fail. This is particularly common in molars at the back of the mouth. Fillings tend to be large, and too much of the tooth has been removed already, so a new filling is not an option. A dental crown fits over the tooth to restore and strengthen it.
  • When a tooth is weak after a root canal, which removes the living tissue from the tooth, we recommend placing a dental crown to protect the remaining tooth structure.
  • We can often restore teeth that are damaged or stained with an esthetic dental crown.
  • Crowns are often used to hold a dental bridge into place.

A dental bridge is a restoration that bridges the gap left by one or a few missing teeth. The bridge is usually held in place by dental crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap. A dental bridge not only improves the look of your smile by filling in the gap, but it protects your healthy teeth. When there is a space left by one or more missing teeth, your remaining teeth tend to start shifting to fill it in. This leads to other issues, including undue wear, difficulty chewing, and even more tooth loss.

The Process for Getting a Dental Crown or Bridge

Both of these types of restorations usually require two dental appointments. At the initial appointment, we will prepare your teeth to receive the restorations then make a mold to send to the lab. There, your custom restorations will be made to fit your mouth perfectly. This process takes about two weeks, so while you are here, we’ll provide you with a temporary crown or bridge to wear while you wait.

When we get your restoration back from the lab, you will return to our office so we can place it. Before permanently cementing it into place, we’ll check that it fits properly and feels comfortable, making adjustments as needed.

If you take good care of your teeth at home, brushing and flossing regularly, and visit us twice a year for checkups and cleanings, your new restoration should last for many years to come.

Call Our Dental Office to Schedule an Evaluation

If you are troubled by a damaged or missing tooth, give us a call to make an appointment. Dr. Akkara will conduct a full evaluation of your oral health and go over your restoration options. Call us today!