Dr. Allan J. Petrisor Explains Crowns and Bridges

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Crowns are dental restorations also known as "caps" that are coverings we fit over damaged teeth. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your teeth.


Materials

Crowns can be made from different materials, including the full porcelain crown, the porcelain fused-to-metal crown and the all-metal crown. You and Dr. Petrisor will decide which type is best for you, depending upon the strength requirements and aesthetic concerns of your tooth.


What to Expect

Fitting a crown requires at least 2 dental appointments. During your first visit, the tooth is prepared for the crown, an impression or mould is made of the tooth, and a temporary crown is placed over the prepared tooth. At the next visit, the temporary crown is removed and the final crown is fitted, adjusted and cemented into place.


A crown may be applied when:


  • A previously filled tooth now contains more filling than tooth
  • The existing tooth structure becomes weakened and can no longer support the filling
  • Extensive damage by decay has occurred
  • A tooth shows discolorations and compromised aesthetics
  • A root canal has taken place (teeth tend to become brittle and more apt to fracture)
  • Missing teeth are replaced with a bridge if so, the adjacent teeth require crowns in order to support the replacement teeth


Bridges

Bridges can replace a single missing tooth or several consecutive. Missing teeth can cause problems, in the long run, as teeth adjacent to the missing teeth can shift and be damaged. Bridges consist of 2 or more crowns attached to each other to replace the missing teeth. The crowns are affixed to adjacent natural teeth with permanent braces. Gaps are gone!


Ask Us about Crowns and Bridges

Please ask Dr. Petrisor’s staff for details on your next visit to see if a crown or bridge is for you.

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