Dental Crowns and Bridges
We take lost and damaged teeth very seriously. Our crowns and bridges provide the restoration results you need to smile proudly and confidently.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are effective restorations when teeth are lost or damaged. Our crowns and bridges look natural and offer much-needed assistance with speaking and chewing. We ensure our restorations last as long as possible by using high-quality materials to provide exceptional performance.
We ensure your dental crowns and bridges blend in seamlessly with your existing teeth and function just like your natural teeth. At our office, we can make most crowns in a single day using our digital scanners and porcelain milling machine. You can watch the design and fabrication process of your own crown before having them placed. For dental veneers, bridges, and some crowns, two visits are required. In those cases, the first appointment is used to take impressions of your teeth which are then sent to a laboratory for fabrication. We create temporary crowns in those cases for the time between your first and second appointment when your crown can be placed.
Dr. McKeever on Crowns and Bridges
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are helpful when a tooth has a very large filling that exceeds the natural tooth structure, your tooth has had root canal therapy, or for cosmetic reasons.
Dental crowns can be applied in a variety of different ways. Firstly, it can be installed over a damaged tooth to cap the existing structure which restores the tooth so it can be used normally. Crowns can also be attached to dental implants to replace missing teeth.
Additionally, dental crowns may also be used to provide extra support for dental bridges. They do not require any special treatment and can be brushed and flossed as normal.
What is a dental bridge?
Dental bridges are used when a patient has lost one or more teeth. Their name refers to replacing one or more teeth by bridging the gap that was created when the original teeth became lost. Dental bridges can be secured using abutment crowns on each end or by using permanently installed precision metal mechanisms. At Highlands Ranch Smiles, we custom design each component of a dental bridge to ensure that it looks natural and provides the desired performance.
How do temporary dental crowns work?
When going the traditional route, instead of same-day crowns, your dentist will need to shape the tooth base below where your dental crown is being placed to get the impression of your teeth correct for the permanent crown. This could leave your teeth vulnerable in the short period between the creation of the impression and the delivery of the crown. During this time, you will be given a temporary dental crown to make sure your tooth is protected during this period.
When you return for the fitting appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary crown and fit your permanent crown or bridge to the base. Of course, this is unnecessary if a patient opts for the new process of same-day crowns offered at our office.
If you have more questions about dental crowns and bridges, please contact our office and we will be happy to discuss further. You can also schedule an appointment or see the other services we provide using the links below.