Crowns and Bridges


A crown (or cap) is a dental procedure where a Prosthodontist reshapes a tooth and affixes a natural looking covering, over the tooth. Crowns are made to match the size, shape and color of your teeth to give you a natural, beautiful smile.

Getting a crown usually involves two office visits. At the first visit, a series of molds (or impressions) will be taken to make your custom crown. You will also receive a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth until your new crown is fabricated at a dental laboratory. At your second appointment, your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your permanent crown will be placed, ensuring proper spacing and bite.

Dental crowns can be used to restore chipped, decayed, broken, misaligned, or discolored teeth to full beauty and function. Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored) crowns are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth.  They will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.

A dental bridge is a fixed, non-removable dental appliance used to span, or bridge a gap (of missing teeth) between healthy teeth. There are several different kinds of bridges, and you and your dentist will discuss the best solution for your specific case. Porcelain bridges are the most popular because they resemble your natural teeth.

Getting a fixed bridge usually involves two to three office visits. The two anchoring teeth are prepared for crowns, and highly accurate molds are made and sent to a dental laboratory for fabrication of your custom bridge. You will also receive a temporary bridge to wear until your next appointment. At your second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted and cemented for a proper fit. Sometimes, your dentist may only partially cement the bridge, allowing your other teeth and tissue time to adjust to the bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.

Proper oral hygiene will aid in the long life of your permanent dental bridge.

Aesthetic Enhancements: Crowns & Dental Bridges

Dental crowns or caps are dental restorations that are placed over a tooth when conservation restorations are insufficient to restore form and function. A dental bridge serves to replace a missing tooth or teeth. One type of dental bridge consists of dental crowns placed on either side of the missing tooth to connect the replacement tooth attached to the adjacent teeth with wing-like appendages. Dental bridges can also be supported by dental implants. Dental crowns and bridges can be made entirely of tooth-colored materials, metal, or a combination to provide optimal aesthetics. Some metal-free dental crowns and bridges incorporate stress-bearing materials to enhance their strength and wear-resistance.

Is a Crown Right for Me?
A dental crown has many advantages. Crowns address aesthetic needs, restore tooth function, and enhance the overall health of your mouth. In cases where teeth have large broken down fillings, a dental crown can protect and preserve the remaining natural tooth. To enhance your smile, metal-free, tooth colored, porcelain crowns can also replace older metal or metal with porcelain crowns. Porcelain crowns have translucent qualities that, with the help of an expert cosmetic prosthodontic specialist, like Dr. Raj Desai, can look just like natural teeth. Following root canal therapy, a dental crown is typically placed over the remaining tooth structure to preserve aesthetics and tooth function.

Is a Bridge Right for Me?
In cases where teeth are missing, a dental bridge prevents the remaining natural teeth from shifting so that dental health and facial aesthetics are not compromised. Bridges may also provide a permanent, non-removable alternative to removable partial or full dentures. Whether supported by natural teeth or dental implants, dental bridges can offer life-like aesthetics and stable chewing surfaces. They can easily be maintained by brushing with modified brushing and flossing.

Please contact our office at 410-997-7412 to discuss your Crown & Bridge needs!