Dental crowns and bridges are custom-made tooth restorations that we use to replace or restore your missing or damaged teeth. Dental crowns, also known as caps, are fixed over the prepared structure of your teeth. Dental bridges, on the other hand, are used to bridge the gap left by missing teeth. We anchor them in place with your natural teeth or crowns in the empty space.
Both these restorations are non-removable. We attach them to offer you an improved smile and better tooth functionality.
When Would I Need Dental Crowns?
- To cover your misshapen and discolored teeth
- To support your tooth that has a large filling
- To serve as the visible tooth part of a dental implant
- To prevent further infection after a root canal treatment
- To support chipped, cracked, worn out, or broken teeth
When Would I Need A Dental Bridge?
When you are missing no more than three teeth in a row, a dental bridge comes to your rescue. Bridges are recommended for those who cannot get implants due to insufficient jawbone volume.
What Happens During a Dental Crown Procedure?
We will start by administering a local anesthetic so that the whole procedure is done in utmost comfort. If your teeth are infected, we will remove the infection and clean the cavity. It provides a healthy surface to attach the crown. Impressions of your teeth will then be taken so that the restoration matches your remaining teeth to perfection. Such impressions will be sent to the lab for the fabrication of the crowns. In the meantime, we will attach temporary crowns to your teeth.
During the final appointment, we will replace the temporary crowns with the permanent ones and complete the restoration.
What Happens During a Dental Bridge Procedure?
The procedure starts with our dentist administering a local anesthetic to reduce pain or discomfort while we treat you. Any necessary dental restoration, such as a root canal, will be performed. After this, we will take impressions of your teeth to fabricate a bridge that snugly fits in your mouth. Like crowns, we will attach a temporary bridge to cover the restoration temporarily.
On the follow-up day of treatment, we will remove the temporary bridge and attach the permanent one. If necessary, we will perform any modification to ensure that the bridge fits properly. After that, you should care for your dental bridge just like you would your remaining teeth.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Gorham & Ammarell Dentistry, call (615) 327-4914 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit us at 124 30th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203.