Crown and Bridgework

If you are self-conscious and worried about cracked, broken, decayed, or worn teeth, we can help you regain your healthy and natural-looking smile with the help of dental crown and dgedgework. A crown is an artificial cap that sits over the tooth to improve its appearance and prevent further tooth decay. As for a dental bridge, it is a fixed prosthetic device that consists of one or more prosthetic teeth that is/are supported by crowns on either side.


Advantages of Crown and Bridgework

Crown and bridgework can bring structure, strength, and function back to excessively damaged or decayed tooth. As a result, they protect the tooth from further damage and preserve the jaw’s correct natural alignment. Other benefits of these restorative options include:

  • Permanent Replacements for Missing Teeth – Bridges are a better choice than removable prosthetics such as dentures. They replace missing teeth in a more beautiful and natural way. They are also more convenient since you can clean them without taking them out.
  • Cost-Effectiveness – Bridges and crowns are more durable than fillings or removable partials. Therefore, they can repair damaged teeth and replace missing teeth effectively for years to come.
  • Healthier, Whiter Smile – In addition to restoring damaged or broken teeth and protecting them from further wear, dental crowns can be used to enhance the appearance of your smile by adding length or width to misshapen teeth, concealing tooth discolorations, and covering dental implants.

The Procedure for Crown and Bridgework

First off, we will need to thoroughly examine your teeth to determine if you would benefit from these prosthetics. At time, an x-ray may be necessary to assess whether the decay has reached the core of the tooth, mandating root canal therapy (RCT). If an RCT is not required, we will remove the decay and damaged enamel to take an oral impression.

At Dr. Elizabeth Fox’s practice in Swedesboro, we offer a variety of materials for our crowns, including:

  • Precious Metal Crowns – These are very durable as they are made from metals that are extremely resistant to corrosion. They last for a long time, however they do not match the color of your teeth.
  • All-Porcelain Crowns – Porcelain crowns are extremely durable and long lasting. These properties make them popular with dentists as well as patients. As they tend to match the color of the teeth, these crowns blend naturally with the rest of your teeth.
  • Porcelain Pressed (or Fused) to Metal Crowns – These crowns are more durable than porcelain crowns because they are fused with metal. Though stronger, they do not match the color of your teeth.
  • All-Ceramic Crowns – Ceramic crowns are perfect if you want your crown to match the color of your teeth. They are usually used to restore the front teeth.

Once you determine which of these crowns you prefer, the dentist will send the oral impressions of your teeth and preferences to the lab. In the meanwhile, she may decide to place a temporary cap over your tooth. On your next visit, she will cement the new crown in place and check its fit and bite.

If you are getting bridgework, your dentist will first inject a local anesthetic into the gum tissue below the tooth next to the bridge. The teeth housing the crowns will be reshaped either by filing them down or filling their missing parts. An impression will then be made and sent to a laboratory to create a customized bridge. Until then, you will receive a temporary bridge. Finally, the dentist will place the permanent bridge and check to see if it interferes with your bite alignment.

If you need dental crowns or bridgework on your teeth, Dr. Fox and her staff will make sure that they effectively enhance your smile and protect your teeth. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call us now at 856 467 1100 or visit at 1507 Kings Highway Route 605, Swedesboro, NJ 08085.