Crowns and Bridges
We offer crown and bridge procedures
Dental crowns (or caps) are dental restorations that are placed over a tooth when fillings are insufficient to restore form and function.
Dental crowns and bridges can be made entirely of tooth-colored material (porcelain), metal or a combination to provide optimal aesthetics. Some metal-free dental crowns and bridges incorporate stress-bearing materials to enhance their strength and wear resistance.
A dental crown has many advantages. Dental crowns address aesthetic needs, restore tooth function and enhance the overall health of your mouth. In cases where teeth have largely broken down fillings, a dental crown can protect and preserve the remaining natural tooth.
To enhance your smile, metal-free, tooth-colored, porcelain crowns can also replace an older metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Porcelain crowns have translucent qualities that, with the help of an expert cosmetic dentist like Dr. Angela Nash of Legacy Dental Studio in the Fort Myers area, can look just like natural teeth. Following root canal therapy, a dental crown is typically placed over the remaining tooth structure to preserve aesthetic and tooth function.
In cases where teeth are missing, a dental bridge prevents the remaining natural teeth from shifting so that dental health and facial aesthetics are not compromised. Dental bridges may also provide a permanent, non-removable alternative to removable partial dentures.
Whether supported by natural teeth or dental implants, dental bridges can offer life-like aesthetics and stable chewing surfaces. They can be easily maintained by brushing with modified brushing and flossing.
What Happens At The First Appointment?
With both dental crowns and bridges, Dr. Angela Nash, Fort Myers dentist at Legacy Dental Studio needs to shape the teeth to provide stable support and precise fit of the final restoration. Following tooth preparation, digital impressions are taken of the teeth, and a replica of your mouth is created for the dental laboratory to make the restoration.
You and Dr. Nash will carefully discuss the color, shape, and size of the dental crown(s) or dental bridge(s). A temporary restoration is secured to protect the prepared teeth and maintain the precise space left by the tooth until the new restoration is fabricated.
If an implant-supported dental crown or bridge is the best option, Dr. Nash, Fort Myers dentist will evaluate your health and suitability for the implant placement. She may also proceed with surgical planning or refer you to a specialist trained in implant surgery.