Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns & bridges: Sound general dentistry in Atlantis, FL
At Atlantis Dental Care, our priorities are helping patients in the Atlantis, FL area avoid oral problems, keep their natural teeth, and when necessary, restore their smiles with replacement teeth. Dental crowns & bridges have played an important role in this endeavor throughout modern history, and they continue to do so.
Dental crowns, sometimes called caps, cover the portion of a tooth visible above the gum line. Historically, crowns were made of many different materials including metals. Today, our patients enjoy the natural appearance of porcelain crowns. The procedure is generally completed in two visits. At the first visit, the tooth is shaped, impressions are taken, and a temporary crown is placed. Specifications go to a trusted lab where the crown is fabricated by a trained dental ceramist. You return in a few weeks to have the interim restoration painlessly removed and the beautiful new crown cemented in place.
Crowns are versatile, used for both restorative and cosmetic treatments such as:
- Top a dental implant.
- Protect a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
- Hold a cracked tooth together.
- Strengthen a tooth with a large area of breakage or decay.
- Repair a worn-down tooth.
- Improve the appearance – color, shape, size, or enamel – of a tooth.
- Secure a dental bridge in place.
A dental bridge contains one or multiple artificial teeth. The appliance has crowns at either end. They are cemented to teeth adjacent to the gap. Because it is not removable, a special flossing technique must be used to keep plaque from building up under the bridge and to keep underlying gum tissues healthy. The bridge procedure is similar to getting a single crown.
In some cases, a bridge can be supported by dental implants. This method restores up to five consecutive missing teeth, without impact to healthy adjacent teeth. The expense is less than the cost of all implants.
The dentists at Atlantis Dental Care handle all phases of general dentistry. Call (561) 220-7323 to schedule a visit to 5851 South Congress Avenue in Atlantis, FL. We are eager to tell you more about dental crowns & bridges.