Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Rockwell Dentistry

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Middletown, NJ & Hamilton Township, NJ

Many men and women have dental crowns and bridges. In fact, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, an astounding 15 million Americans have crowns to replace missing teeth. The dentists at Rockwell Dentistry, with convenient locations in Middletown and Hamilton, New Jersey, are highly trained professionals that can explain your crown and bridge options. Call or make an appointment online today if you suspect you may need a new crown, bridge, or a repair.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is a crown?

A dental crown is also called a "cap." It's placed on top of a damaged tooth. It's shaped to look like the natural tooth and can enhance its strength and appearance. The crown fits over the tooth and your dentist cements it into place so the original tooth is completely encased.

How do I know if I need a crown?

The experienced dentists at Rockwell Dentistry may suggest a crown for many reasons. A crown can cover a strangely shaped or dark tooth, or a dental implant.

A crown can do more than improve the appearance of a tooth, however. It can protect and hold together a weak tooth. Teeth that are weakened by decay or extremely large fillings are at risk of breaking unless they're strengthened with a crown.

Whether you need a crown to improve the look of your smile or the functionality of a tooth, a dental crown can safeguard teeth.

What's involved with a dental crown procedure?

A dental crown procedure generally requires at least two visits to the dentist. At the first appointment, you'll have X-rays taken so that your dental professional at Rockwell Dentistry can evaluate the condition of the tooth in question.

Next, your dentist uses a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and its surrounding tissue and files down the tooth or builds it up so the crown fits properly and securely. After that, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth. The impression goes to the lab so technicians can custom-make your crown.

Your dentist places a temporary crown over your tooth until the permanent crown is ready to be put into place.

What are dental bridges?

A dental bridge is a dental fixture that permanently restores and replaces more than one missing tooth. If you need to replace missing teeth, your dentist creates a custom-made bridge that attaches to your surrounding natural teeth. A bridge fills in the gaps and allows you to speak, chew, and talk naturally.

Depending on your specific needs, you may benefit from:

  • Traditional fixed bridges that contain two or more crowns
  • Cantilever bridges when there are teeth on only one side of the missing teeth
  • Maryland bonded bridges, or resin-bonded bridges that use porcelain fused to metal
  • Implant-supported bridge that attaches to implants

The team at Rockwell Dentistry uses the latest technology and materials for fitting and creating your bridge. They recommend which options work best for your individual circumstances.

Would you like to learn more about dental crowns and bridges? Think you might need a crown replaced? Call the experienced professionals at Rockwell Dentistry or make an appointment online today.