Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth when it’s decayed, damaged or cracked and a filling isn’t enough to repair it. It protects and strengthens the tooth and restores it to its natural appearance. Crowns are made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of materials. Whichever option you choose, Dentistry by Design, we’ll ensure your crown is functional and seamlessly blends in with the rest of your smile.

Treatment Considerations

The crown process typically takes two to three visits over three to four weeks. The procedure involves:

When the procedure is finished, proper dental hygiene, including brushing and flossing daily, is necessary to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth and gums. When cared for properly, your crowns can last a lifetime.

Expert Guidance

Missing teeth can cause embarrassment and affect your quality of life. At Dentistry by Design we provide Dental Bridges, which is a dental device that fills the gap left in your smile that a tooth once occupied. It can be necessary to prevent shifting of the teeth, which can lead to bite problems (occlusion) and jaw issues or even periodontal disease. Bridges safeguard the integrity of the existing teeth and keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

There are a variety of factors that will help us determine the best choice of material (porcelain, gold, acrylic resin, etc.) for your crown. Your Hinsdale cosmetic dentist will give you expert advice to help you decide on the right solution for your needs and smile. Schedule an appointment today online or by calling us at 630-325-2525 to learn about your options.

Types of Bridges

There are several different kinds of bridges, including:

Before & after Dental Bonding - Dentistry by Design
  • A Fixed Bridge is the most popular type of bridge and consists of a filler tooth that’s attached to two crowns. The crowns fit over the teeth on either side of the gap and hold the bridge in place. A fixed bridge is usually the most aesthetically appealing and comfortable choice.

  • The Maryland Bridge is commonly used to replace missing front teeth and consists of a filler tooth that’s attached to metal bands that are bonded to the back of the neighboring teeth. The metal bands consist of a white-colored composite resin that matches the color of your existing teeth

  • The Cantilever Bridge is often used when there are only teeth on one side of the gap. A typical three-unit cantilever bridge consists of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth space. The filler tooth is then connected to the two crowned teeth, which extend into the missing tooth space or end.

Treatment Conditions for Bridges

The procedure specifics will depend on the type of bridge you choose. We’ll take digital impressions using the iTero® scanner to create a customized bridge that looks and feels natural. For a fixed bridge or cantilever bridge, we’ll recontour the teeth that require crowns and create a temporary restoration while your permanent bridge is being made. When your permanent bridge is ready, we’ll check that it fits and that your bite is correct before cementing it into place.

You’ll need to practice good oral hygiene, including flossing once daily and brushing twice a day, as well as keeping up with your regular professional cleanings to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth and gums. With proper care, your dental bridge can last for over a decade.

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