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Crowns and Bridges

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Crowns & Bridges

What Are Dental Crowns?

A crown is a cap or covering designed to replace an original tooth’s shape and function.  Typically made from porcelain, crowns look and feel as real as natural teeth.

At whole dental wellness our philosophy is to be as non-invasive as possible, so we only suggest a crown when absolutely necessary.  A crown may be the treatment option of choice when:

A cavity in your tooth is too large for a normal filling to function properly

A tooth is cracked

Root canal treatment has been completed

An implant has been placed

If I need a dental crown how does the process work?

If you have a tooth that is broken or damaged and a crown is the recommended treatment option of choice, haven no fear.  Our team of dentists will walk you through this painless process.

First, after ensuring you are comfortably numb, your dentist will optimally reshape your damaged tooth to allow your future crown to fit over it, snug as a glove.  Next, using our Omincam 3D intraoral scanner, a digital impression of your reshaped tooth will be taken and sent to a lab so expert technicians can build you a customized crown.

Before you leave our office, a temporary crown will be placed to allow you to look and function normally until we receive your custom crown from the lab in a few weeks.  Once your crown is delivered, we schedule a quick 30 minute appointment to permanently cement your new, natural looking custom crown.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed tooth replacement option consisting of multiple crowns fused together to replace a space where one or more teeth are missing.  The teeth on either side of the space serve as anchored support for the bridge.

The main role of the teeth is to help us chew food for proper digestion but they also help us with speech and the alignment of our mouth/jaw.  Missing teeth severely compromise our ability to:

chew and properly digest food

speak clearly

have proper alignment of mouth and jaw

By filling in missing spaces and reinforcing the surrounding teeth, bridges help address these problems.  If you are a missing several teeth, a dental bridge may be the best option for you.

If a bridge is recommended, how does the process work?

Much like a dental crown, the anchoring teeth on either side of the space where you are missing a tooth (or teeth) will be shaped in preparation for your future bridge.  Next, digital impressions of the prepared teeth and surrounding area are taken and sent to a laboratory so an expert technician can begin the process of building your bridge. Once we receive your bridge from the lab (typically in a few weeks), we will remove your temporary bridge and permanently cement your new bridge so you will be smiling, chewing, and functioning just like you would with your natural teeth!

Unlike dentures, bridges do not require removal for cleaning so should look, feel, and function just like your own natural teeth.