Dental Crowns and Bridges in Chicago IL 60646
It's happened to the best of us—a chipped tooth, a missing molar, a deep cavity. Dental crowns and bridges can help repair these mishaps and restore your smile to its original beauty. Known as a part of restorative dentistry, they replace missing or damaged teeth lost to tooth decay or injury.
Bridges are used to repair or replace several teeth at a time. Essentially, they are a set of crowns that are "bridged" together. Here's what you can expect when receiving bridges:
- First, your teeth are filed down and shaped to make room for the crowns, which are tooth-like caps.
- Next, the dentist takes an impression of the new shape of your teeth so that a bridge can be customized just for you. You'll be given a temporary bridge while waiting for it to be built.
- Once finished, the personalized bridge is set and bonded into place.
Bridges restore the full function of your teeth and prevent future tooth and gum decay.
Crowns can be used to restore a single tooth, although several crowns can be placed at once. They are caps made out of porcelain or ceramic, and they have the same durability and strength as your original teeth.
When receiving crowns, our dentist first files down the tooth so that it can support the crown. Each crown is custom-built just for you and your dental needs. Next, the crown is placed over the tooth and cemented into place.
A crown enables healthy tooth and root structure to remain intact, and prevents further damage and decay. Crowns are also a less invasive and less expensive alternative to implants.
Contact us today to schedule your consultation for bridges and crowns.