Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights -  - Cosmetic Dentistry

Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights

Cosmetic Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Dentistry is a beautiful blend of art and science, and nowhere is this clearer than in dental crowns and bridges. At Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights, the dental team provides their patients with high-quality crowns and bridges to restore smiles and replace missing teeth with prosthetics that are as beautiful as they are functional. To learn more, schedule a visit at their office in Brooklyn Heights, New York, by calling the office or booking online today.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown is a permanent restoration that replaces the cap of your tooth. A prosthetic crown feels and functions just like a natural tooth, so you won’t even be aware of it once your dentist bonds it in place.

All crowns provided at Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights are fabricated with porcelain only. This means they look and feel just like your natural teeth, but are still quite durable and long-lasting. The practice uses E-Max crowns for strength, durability, and aesthetics.

Why would I need a crown?

Crowns serve a variety of functions, including:

  • Restoring a severely decayed tooth
  • Reinforcing a tooth that’s suffered significant damage
  • Replacing a tooth that’s cosmetically unsightly
  • Capping a dental implant to replace a missing tooth

Crowns are also typically fitted after you’ve had a root canal in order to restore the strength and structure of your treated tooth.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is an oral appliance that replaces a tooth or teeth that are missing from your smile. It’s custom-designed from an impression of your smile, so it fits perfectly in your mouth and replaces your tooth without detracting from your appearance. 

A conventional fixed bridge is affixed to your smile with crowns that cover the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth. If your adjacent teeth can’t support crowns, you can get an alternative bridge instead, like a cantilever bridge or a resin-bonded bridge.

Why would I need a bridge?

A bridge replaces your missing tooth or teeth, which is beneficial to your smile in a number of ways.

By filling in the missing space in your smile, a bridge prevents the rest of your teeth from drifting toward the empty gap and shifting out of alignment. It also helps restore the bite relationship between your upper and lower teeth to properly distribute your biting force. 

Misaligned teeth and improper bites can otherwise cause excessive wear-and-tear on your teeth and lead to jaw conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, making bridges incredibly effective tools in improving your oral health.

A bridge also serves a cosmetic purpose. By replacing your missing tooth or teeth, a bridge makes your smile whole and beautiful.

What happens when I get a crown or bridge?

The first step in getting a crown or bridge is to reduce the size of some of your teeth by shaving off some enamel. If you’re getting a crown, your dentist reduces the tooth that’s receiving the crown. If you’re getting a bridge, they reduce the teeth adjacent to your missing teeth. Then you take impressions of your smile, which are used to design your crown or bridge. 

If you’re getting a bridge, your dentist sends your impression off to a lab that designs and fabricates your restoration. You wear a temporary bridge while you wait for your permanent one to come back from the lab, at which point you come back to Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights to get it sealed in place.

Schedule a visit with Creative Dentistry of Brooklyn Heights by phone or online and restore your smile with a high-quality crown or bridge today.