When teeth are damaged or lost, it is very important that a restoration looks and feels natural. We take great pride in providing top-quality dental crowns and bridges.
A crown is used to cover a damaged tooth. A crown is often made of porcelain or ceramic because these materials are strong and look like your natural, healthy teeth.
We recommend crowns for a variety of reasons, but their main function is to protect a damaged tooth. It can cover a tooth that has fractured, or it can prevent a weak tooth from fracturing. Crowns are commonly used to protect a tooth that has undergone a root canal procedure to prevent fractures and so that bacteria can’t get inside and do further damage.
In some cases, we will use crowns when replacing missing teeth. In these cases, crowns can be attached to dental implants. We can also install crowns on healthy teeth that are used as anchors for a dental bridge.
While crowns are used to cover and protect damaged teeth, bridges are meant to replace the teeth that have been lost. They “bridge” the gap between your existing teeth. We anchor the bridge onto the teeth on either side. With a bridge, you will be able to chew your food properly and restore the quality of your smile.
Like crowns, bridges are also often made of ceramic or porcelain. We design the bridge to make it look and function like natural teeth. No one will notice that you’re wearing replacement teeth.
What to Expect
We will start the procedure by preparing your teeth for a crown or bridge. We will reduce the size of the teeth so that the crown will fit properly.
Once that’s done, we will make an impression of your teeth. We will use this mold to create a custom restoration. We will then determine the perfect color for the crown or bridge so that it will look natural.
Installing crowns and bridges usually take two visits, but when your restoration is complete, you will have your smile back again!
If you have damaged or missing teeth, contact us at (708) 863-2000 so we can recommend the most suitable dental solution for your needs.