More than 15 million Americans have dental crown or bridge replacements for missing teeth. At Angel Dentistry in Phoenix, Arizona, Amber Angel, DDS, provides custom-made dental crowns and bridges to restore and enhance smiles with minimal hassle. These fixed restorations both improve your appearance and prevent future oral health risks, such as bone loss, decay, and gum disease. To learn more about crowns and bridges, call Angel Dentistry today or use the online booking tool and schedule an appointment.
Crowns and Bridges Q & A
What are dental crowns and bridges?
Dental crowns are protective caps that Dr. Angel places on teeth to restore the appearance and improve the health of teeth. They’re typically tooth-colored to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth and not detract from your smile. You may need a dental crown if:
- Your tooth is chipped or cracked
- You have tooth stains or discoloration
- Your tooth has undergone a root canal
- You’ve had a large filling
Dental bridges, on the other hand, are sets of prosthetic teeth that are used to “bridge” gaps in your smile. They’re either securely attached to implants or artificial tooth roots, or get bonded onto neighboring teeth.
How are dental crowns and bridges made?
At Angel Dentistry, each custom-made crown or set of bridges is made to fit snugly inside your mouth and is built to last. You don’t need to bite into molds for impressions of your teeth. Instead, the team uses digital scans, which are quick and easy.
Using these digital scans, an outside dental lab that has a close relationship with Angel Dentistry produces your crown or bridge. Generally, it takes about two weeks to finish a crown or bridge. Once it’s ready, you return to have your crown or bridge placed.
What is the procedure like for dental crowns and bridges?
In general, it takes at least two visits to get your crown or bridge placed. At your first visit, Dr. Angel and the team take your digital scans that are used to make the crown or bridge. Then, she’ll resize your teeth slightly with special dental instruments to ensure there’s sufficient room for the restoration. You’ll come back in when the restoration is ready.
At your second visit, Dr. Angel places your new crown and bridge strategically and checks for a secure fit. Your crown or bridge may be attached to already existing implants, or they may be bonded using a special dental adhesive.
How long do dental crowns and bridges last?
Typically, both crowns and bridges should last about 5-15 years. However, this can vary widely depending on how well you care for your restoration. Remember to keep brushing, flossing, and coming in for your regularly scheduled cleanings. This helps ensure your crown or bridge stays clean, healthy, and Dr. Angel can monitor for wear and tear.
To schedule a dental crown or bridge consultation, call Angel Dentistry today or use the online booking tool.