Crowns and bridges are two of the most common dental restorations used to repair or replace permanent teeth. At Fremaux Dental Care located in Slidell, Louisiana, experienced general and family dentist Britney Beard, DDS, uses crowns and bridges to restore smile and encourage optimal oral health. Call Fremaux Dental Care today to request a crown or a bridge consultation or make your appointment online.
Crowns and bridges are common dental restorations. Though similar, there are differences:
Crowns repair severely damaged or decaying teeth. It envelopes the entire portion of enamel above your gum line, restoring your biting and chewing abilities.
A bridge fills a gap where a permanent tooth used to be. Bridges have an artificial tooth and a metal framework or two crowns. Your dentist bonds the framework or crowns to the teeth on either side of the gap.
After an oral exam, Fremaux Dental Care can determine if a crown or bridge will benefit you.
Fremaux Dental Care uses crowns to:
Your dentist might recommend a bridge if you’ve lost a single permanent tooth.
At Fremaux Dental Care, the process for getting crowns and bridges is slightly different.
Fremaux Dental Care has a CEREC milling machine that manufactures dental crowns onsite.
Your dentist takes digital scans of your damaged or decaying tooth and uploads them to a computer-design program. Then, they create a blueprint for a custom crown. After finalizing the outline, your dentist uploads it to the CEREC machine. The machine uses the design to create a custom dental crown from a block of ceramic.
When your new crown is finished, your dentist bonds it on top of your tooth and checks your bite.
Getting a bridge takes two visits.
Your dentist completes an oral exam and takes digital impressions of your mouth. Then, they send your impressions to a dental lab that designs and creates a custom dental bridge.
A week or two later, when your bridge is finished, you return to Fremaux Dental Care. Your dentist bonds it in place, checks your bite, and explains how to care for it.
Crowns and bridges last 10-12 years* on average, but they may last longer with good oral hygiene. Fremaux Dental Care recommends brushing your teeth twice daily, flossing regularly, and visiting the office every six months for preventive dentistry.
Call Fremaux Dental Care today to learn more about crowns and bridges or make your appointment online.
*Individual results may vary.