Crown & Bridges


Crowns & Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are fixed structures that are cemented over your existing teeth or implants. Dental crowns often cover the existing teeth either for aesthetic purposes or to protect the teeth, such as after a root canal treatment.

Dental bridges are used to bridge the gap created by missing teeth. West Orem Dental provides some of the strongest and most durable dental crowns and bridges for a wide range of purposes. Please continue reading for detailed information on the crown and bridge procedure.

Why do you need Dental Crowns and Bridges?

A crown and bridge procedure may be necessary for the following reasons:

  • Dental crowns can replace large fillings when there isn’t enough tooth structure left.
  • After a root canal treatment, your tooth is left in a weakened state. Crowns can help protect them from fracture.
  • Dental crowns can restore fractured teeth.
  • Crowns can be used as anchor points to attach dental bridges.
  • They can cover dental implants.
  • They can enhance the aesthetic appeal of stained, misshapen, or broken teeth.
  • Prevent gum disease and TMJ disorders arising from a bad bite, which can occur when there’s a gap between the teeth and your surrounding teeth start drifting.

Where to Find Affordable Crowns and Bridges?

Types of Dental Crowns and Bridges

There are a number of different types of dental crowns and bridges depending on how they’re positioned and the material they’re made of.

Types of Dental Crowns

The following are the various types of dental crowns.

  • Ceramic or Porcelain: These are tooth-colored dental crowns that are ideal for restoring visible teeth because they can blend in with the rest of the teeth. This material is extremely resistant to wear and it’s also stain-resistant so it won’t easily get discolored. However, the dentist will need to shave more of the tooth structure for them.
  • Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal: Sometimes, porcelain is fused to metal to make it even stronger. However, in this case, some of the dark metal can often be seen around the gum line, making it less discreet than ceramic dental crowns.
  • Gold: This is one of the strongest dental crowns available. The biggest issue is that it’s extremely expensive and highly visible because of the bright gold color. It’s usually used for crowns in the deep and hidden teeth.
  • Amalgam: Silver amalgam or base metal alloys are resistant to wear and they’re extremely durable. However, they are also visible so they’re not suitable for front teeth.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are three primary types of dental bridges.

  • Traditional Dental Bridge: Made from either ceramic or porcelain-fused-to-metal, these dental bridges use two anchoring abutment teeth.
  • Cantilever Dental Bridge: This is a type of dental bridge in which only one tooth is prepared for a crown. This is done when the individual doesn’t have teeth on either side of the missing teeth.
  • Maryland Dental Bridge: In this case, a metal framework is driven through the fake tooth and then cemented to the surrounding abutment teeth. In this case, the surrounding teeth don’t have to be shaved for the dental crown.


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Dental Crown and Bridge Procedure

Dental Crown Procedure

  • The dentist examines the tooth to see if it’s suitable for a dental crown.
  • Shaving off the external parts of the teeth and building up the core to receive the crown.
  • Taking shape and shade impressions of the teeth to prepare an accurate dental crown. This is done so that the prepared dental crown looks like your real teeth.
  • Wearing a temporary dental crown for a period of two weeks to protect your teeth from damage.
  • Placing the dental crown over the tooth and making final adjustments before cementing it in place.

Dental Bridge Procedure

  • The dentist examines your teeth to curate a treatment plan.
  • The abutment teeth will be prepared to receive the dental crowns by shaving them down.
  • Impressions of the shade and shapes of the teeth are captured accurately. A replacement tooth — known as a pontic — will be attached either on one side of the crown or between two crowns.
  • You have to wear a temporary dental bridge to protect your gums while the permanent dental bridge is prepared, which can take two weeks.
  • The temporary dental bridge is removed and replaced with a permanent one. The type of dental bridge used will depend on the location of the missing tooth.
  • Final adjustments are made and then the dental bridge is cemented in place permanently.

Frequently Asked Questions about Crowns & Bridges

What is the typical cost for a dental crown?

A single dental crown may cost between $500 to $1,500, depending on the material used.

What kind of treatment provided by the cosmetic dentist?

A cosmetic dentist can provide a wide range of treatments. The most permanent treatment, however, is the application of dental crowns and bridges.

How does a dental bridge help in teeth fixing?

A dental bridge doesn’t fix teeth but it bridges the gap left by missing teeth.

How soon after a tooth extraction can a bridge be placed?

After tooth extraction, the wounded site takes around 6 weeks to heal, maybe even more. Soft tissue must gradually grow and fill the gum line again. A bridge cannot be placed until the site of tooth extraction has healed completely. As such, it can be 6 weeks or more after tooth extraction that you can place a dental bridge.

Where to Find Affordable Crowns and Bridges?

West Orem Dental provides the some of the most durable and affordable crowns and bridges in Houston, TX. Our dentists thoroughly examine your teeth in order to prepare crowns and bridges that perfectly blend in with the rest of your teeth and provide perfect aesthetic appeal. For more information, please schedule an appointment today.

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