Crown and Bridge Leominster, Fitchburg MA

A crown is a protective cap to be placed on severely damaged teeth to restore their shape, size and functionality. Crowns usually surround the entire tooth and can be made with a variety of materials such as tooth colored porcelain or other durable metals. Crowns are usually bonded to the tooth using dental cement, a very strong bonder that, depending on the type, are sometimes subject to periods which require them to dry and harden on the tooth, rendering functionality of the tooth. Crowns are usually make by taking a dental impression of the tooth, like a footprint or mold of the tooth, and then sent to the lab to make a crown to fit the individual tooth of the patient.

A dental bridge is used to “bridge the gap” between two teeth. This is done with two crowns and a false tooth with the crowns attached to the teeth on either side the missing tooth serving as “anchors” while the false tooth in the middle fills the gap. This bridge can be made outside of the mouth and also inside using a special resin. The crowns are cemented on to the teeth as they hold on to the false tooth in the middle. This bridge can be made out of a variety of material such as tooth colored composites, highly desired metals such as gold, or base metal. Dental bridges can also be used to replace more than one tooth in a “gap”. As bridges vary in size, material and location, times required to make the bridge and apply it vary.