Lifelike Dental Crowns and Bridges
Can Restore Your Healthy Smile
Dental crowns and bridges preserve damaged teeth and replace missing teeth so patients feel more comfortable and enjoy better oral health. At H and M Family Dentistry, patients in Aurora, CO, benefit from the most advanced technology, including same-day CEREC crowns designed to help them look their best as quickly as possible.
Crown and Bridges FAQs
“With the CEREC CAD-CAM technology, I can place the crown myself the same day without taking impressions and sending them to the lab for several weeks. H&M is a comprehensive practice in that regard because our patients don’t have to travel back and forth for multiple visits. And beyond being more convenient, it’s less invasive for patients because they only have to be numbed for the procedure once.”
- Dr. Xiaomei Sui
What is a dental crown?
Dental crowns are coverings that surround the entire visible portion of the tooth. Crowns can be made of durable materials designed to blend in with neighboring teeth so they look completely natural. A crown can be used to cover a tooth with large, dark filling, deep discoloration or other damage, or to add strength to a tooth following a root canal procedure. Crowns are also used to protect the teeth that are used to support a dental bridge. Traditional crowns require two office visits, but new technology (called CEREC) allows many crowns to be made in a single visit.
What is a CEREC restoration?
CEREC stands for chairside economical restorations of esthetic ceramic. CEREC restorations can be completed in a single visit, which means patients won’t have to wait two weeks while their crown is being made in a lab. Instead, CEREC uses special computer software and technology to create a custom restoration right in the office, so patients can receive a crown in a single visit.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a restoration that’s used to replace one or more teeth that have been extracted or lost due to disease, decay or trauma. In a bridge, the artificial teeth are supported by a metal bridge that attaches to the teeth on either side of the opening or gap left by the missing teeth. The bridge can be attached with strong dental adhesives or using special clips that allow the bridge to be removed for cleaning.
What happens during a bridge procedure?
Bridges usually require two office visits. During the first visit, the teeth that will support the bridge are prepared for crowns and an impression of the area is made and sent to the lab where the bridge and crowns will be made. Temporary crowns will be placed on the teeth while the bridge is being made. At the second visit, the temporary crowns will be removed and the permanent crowns and bridge will be attached and adjusted for a perfect fit. In some patients, crowns may be created using CEREC technology rather than traditional lab methods.