Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are some of the most common procedures we provide at our Wake Forest general dental office.  A dental crown is a protective “helmet” or “cap” that covers an entire tooth to make it stronger or replace missing tooth structure.  A dental bridge is simply several crowns splinted together to replace one or more missing teeth.

WHY ARE CROWNS AND BRIDGES FREQUENTLY RECOMMENDED?

  • Crowns and bridges are predictable, reliable, and long-lasting.  These restorations, if made by a talented dentist and cleaned properly by a motivated patient, last for 10, 20, or even 30+ years.
  • Crowns and bridges are made from extremely strong materials.  They are resistant to fracture or chipping and are frequently used when a natural tooth is no longer strong enough to survive on its own or even hold a filling.
  • Crowns and bridges look and feel like natural teeth.  Because dental crowns and bridges replicate the shape and form of your natural teeth, they feel the same to your lips and tongue.
  • Crowns and bridges are extremely realistic looking.  Modern materials allow us to make metal-free crowns and bridges that are tooth-colored, extremely esthetic and blend in with your other natural teeth.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS OF GETTING A CROWN OR BRIDGE?

Getting a crown or bridge at Upton and Baker DDS is simple and painless.  These restorations are usually done in two visits to ensure a perfect fit and long-lasting restoration.

  • At the first visit, we shape your tooth to hold the crown.  We then take an impression, using either conventional materials or our digital scanner, to accurately capture the form of the prepared tooth.  We then create a temporary crown to cover your tooth and choose the perfect shade to match your other teeth.  Lastly, we send all this information to our local, high-quality dental laboratory where they will begin fabricating your custom, esthetic crown.
  • At the second visit, we remove the temporary crown and try in the final restoration.  After making sure the final crown fits perfectly and blends in with your other teeth, we permanently bond it to your tooth.  Lastly, we make sure your bite feels perfect and make any needed adjustments to ensure your crown looks and feels just like your other natural teeth.

DOES YOUR OFFICE OFFER SAME-DAY CROWNS?

In order to save the patient a second visit, some offices offer same-day crowns using an in-office milling machine.  Though these are still quality restorations, at this time our office prefers to have a local, professional dental lab fabricate our crowns.  We do this because we have found these restorations tend to fit better, function longer, and have superior esthetics to those typically made in the office.  We use lab-made crowns when treating ourselves, our staff, and our families and want the same quality restorations for our patients!