Crowns And Bridges

Pro Dental Care

General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry located in South Elgin, IL & Sleepy Hollow, IL

Crowns and bridges offer the chance to restore or replace damaged or missing teeth. Dr. Rick Brar and Dr. Keith Bram of Pro Dental Care are highly skilled in leveraging these restorative tools to enhance the smiles of men and women in South Elgin and Sleepy Hollow, Illinois. If you have questions or concerns about crowns and bridges, schedule a consultation to learn more. Online scheduling is available, or you can always call the office to check appointment availability.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What are dental crowns?

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped covers or caps that protect and strengthen damaged teeth. They are versatile dental tools, and can address numerous dental conditions, including teeth that are:

  • Worn down
  • Cracked or fractured
  • Broken
  • Unable to support a large filling
  • In advanced decay
  • Misshapen
  • Discolored

Crowns are also the visible portion of dental implants, although in that case they are attached to the implant post and not your natural tooth tissue.

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are devices that replace one or more missing teeth. Most bridges are attached to one or more natural teeth with a crown. One or more false teeth are suspended between the anchor points, much like a bridge.  

Bridges are a more affordable tooth replacement option than dental implants, although they are not a permanent solution. Bridges are subject to wear and damage, and will eventually need to be repaired or replaced.

What is the process for getting dental crowns and bridges?

Once you and your dentist decide that a crown or bridge is the best treatment path, a local anesthetic ensures you remain comfortable during the procedure. If you have significant dental anxiety, there are several sedation options that can help you tolerate this procedure with ease, including nitrous oxide.

Your dentist carefully removes a small portion of your tooth tissue to make room for the crown to fit. Then new impressions and/or imaging is done to gather the data needed to create your custom crown or bridge.

Pro Dental Care offers one-day crowns, which enable you to leave with your new crown in place. CERECⓇ crowns are crafted using CAD/CAM technology, which creates a digital model of your teeth to ensure an optimal fit.

The system then mills your new crown from a block of ceramic. The final step involves checking your new crown for fit and cementing it in place using special colored dental cement to match the shade of your natural teeth.

Conventional crowns can also be made of porcelain or a material called BruxZirⓇ, which combines durability with beauty.

A dental crown usually anchors bridgework, so the process is similar. The crowns cover the anchoring teeth and the false teeth that make the bridges attach to the crowns. The end result is stable and can last for many years.

To explore crowns and bridges in greater detail, book an appointment today. You can schedule online or by calling the Pro Dental Care office to check availability.