If you have damaged or missing teeth, you know how difficult it is to smile with confidence. Fortunately, the experienced dentists at Laser Dental Group offer crowns and bridges to restore your smile at the office in Union, New Jersey. Crowns and bridges help rebuild the natural shape and size of your teeth with durable, natural-looking materials. To find out if crowns and bridges are right for you, call Laser Dental Group or schedule an appointment online today.

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What are crowns and bridges?

Dental crowns and bridges are restorations for damaged or missing teeth. If you have a severely broken tooth or one or more missing teeth, your dentist may recommend a combination of crowns and bridges to restore your smile.

What is the difference between crowns and bridges?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits perfectly over the visible portion of your natural tooth. These custom-made caps come in a variety of materials, including porcelain, acrylic resin, gold, or a combination of several materials.

The type of material your dentist recommends depends on the location and severity of your damaged or decayed tooth. Porcelain is the most attractive dental crown material, but it’s not as durable as gold or other metal options.

If the tooth you’re treating is in the front of your mouth, a porcelain crown is ideal. Damaged teeth in the back of your mouth, where your bite is stronger, may require a studier material.

A dental bridge is a treatment specifically for missing teeth. It’s a dental device that fills the space that your tooth previously occupied. Dental bridges typically use the teeth surrounding this missing space as anchors, which is why your dentist first prepares them with dental crowns.

However, some bridges attach to metal or composite resin base if the teeth surrounding your missing tooth aren’t strong enough to support a bridge with crowns.

Why would I need crowns and bridges?

Crowns are an effective treatment on their own or as part of a bridge. Laser Dental Group may recommend dental crowns for you if you have:

  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Teeth worn down by grinding
  • Severely discolored teeth
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Teeth with large fillings
  • Teeth weakened by root canal therapy

If you have a missing tooth, your dentist can prepare a custom-made bridge with crowns to rebuild your smile.

How are crowns and bridges placed?

Crowns and bridges typically take at least two appointments to place. At your first visit, Laser Dental Group prepares your affected teeth for the restorations. Whether you’re getting a single crown or a dental bridge, your dentist reshapes your affected teeth to make room.

Next, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth to create molds for your restorations. If you need a bridge, they may need impressions for your two crowns and the artificial tooth that takes the space that your natural tooth previously occupied.

It takes about two weeks to create custom-made crowns and bridges, during which time you’ll wear temporary restorations. At your next visit, your dentist places your new restorations and cements them once they look and feel perfect.

Crowns and bridges keep your smile healthy and strong. To schedule an appointment with Laser Dental Group, call or book online today.