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Dental Crowns & Bridges

Dental Crowns

A crown is used to cap or cover a tooth to help restore it to its normal size.

Common reasons that a crown is needed:

  • Supporting remaining tooth when there is not enough tooth remaining
  • Cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth
  • Restore fractures areas of a tooth
  • Cover a dental implant (could be one or multiple crowns)

Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes to make a tooth look longer and whiter. No matter what the reason, if you are interested in getting a crown, give us a call to set up a consultation.

Receiving Dental Crowns

The first step of the crown process involves preparing the tooth. This will involve removing parts of the outer layer of the tooth, if necessary, to make room for the crown. An implant is made of the area so a lab can create a custom crown.

A temporary crown is placed on the tooth until the permanent crown is ready. Your dentist will make any necessary changes, and once you and your dentist are happy, it is cemented in place.

Dental Bridges

A bridge is used to bring stability to a spot where a tooth is missing. Teeth require their neighbors to help spread the chewing workload, so a missing tooth can throw off this balance. They can shift, the opposite tooth can start coming out, and place extra stress on certain areas of the mouth.

Receiving Dental Bridges

A bridge works by filling the space where a tooth is missing. Instead of being affixed via a dental implant, it is held in place with the support of crowns attached to neighboring teeth. This overall support greatly helps in preventing damage that can occur from a missing tooth.

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.