In offering the Full scope of Dental services, we can fabricate all types of dental crowns and dental bridges when needed for your teeth! Why do you need crowns and bridges? There are many reasons why:
A crown is indicated when any of the above reasons happen to a tooth. Crowns strengthen teeth and prevent them from fracturing. Teeth with crowns don’t fracture since they are protected. The crown actually wraps the tooth much like the rings on a wine barrel hold in the wooden planks!
A dental bridge is when 2 crowns are connected together to bridge a gap – it is a way of replacing a missing tooth. Bridges are a way of offering a patient a fixed, non-removable way of replacing teeth versus a removable partial. (I and the dental literature state that an Implant is the best option for replacing a tooth over a bridge… more on that by clicking here)
For crowns or a bridge, the process is the same. It takes 2 appointments: the first is the preparation appointment, where the tooth is drilled, an impression is made, then the case is sent to the lab to be fabricated. Once made, we have a second appointment to deliver and cement the bridge.
We offer all types of materials for our patients: Gold, Porcelain fused to metal (PFM), all ceramic, and Zirconia. What do we recommend? All of them. There are good indications for each of these materials.
The newest advancement is the development of CAD/CAM technology. This is a digital intra-oral scanner – NO Impressions needed. The teeth are scanned and imputed into a computer, then the dentist can design your crown and have a MILLING unit fabricate the crown that day! The process takes about 2+ hours, the technology is new and improving, it is also expensive about $140,000 for the unit. SO expect to pay a lot for those crowns. We do not have the CAD/CAM technology yet for our office as traditional impression and crowns are currently more accurate (in my opinion). I hope to have this in the office in the next 5 years if the technology improves.