More than 15 million Americans have dental crown or bridge replacements for missing teeth. At Fantastic Smiles in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, Ewa Koser, DDS provides custom-made dental crowns and bridges to restore and enhance smiles with minimal hassle. These fixed restorations both improve your appearance and prevent future oral health risks, such as bone loss, decay, and gum disease. To learn more about crowns and bridges, call Fantastic smiles today or use the online booking tool and schedule an appointment.
Dental crowns are protective caps that Dr. Koser places on teeth to restore appearance and improve the health of teeth. They’re typically tooth colored to blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth and not detract from your smile. You may need a dental crown if:
Dental bridges, on the other hand, are sets of prosthetic teeth that are used to “bridge” gaps in your smile. They’re either securely attached to implants or artificial tooth roots, or get bonded onto neighboring teeth.
At Fantastic Smiles, each custom-made crown or set of bridges is made to fit snugly inside your mouth and is built to last. You don’t need to bite into molds for impressions of your teeth. Instead, the team uses digital scans, which are quick and easy.
Using these digital scans, an outside dental lab that has a close relationship with Fantastic Smile produces your crown or bridge. Generally, it takes about two weeks to finish a crown or bridge. Once it’s ready, you return to have your crown or bridge placed.
In general, it takes at least two visits to get your crown or bridge placed. At your first visit, Dr. Koser and the team take your digital scans that are used to make the crown or bridge. Then, she’ll resize your teeth slightly with special dental instruments to ensure there’s sufficient room for the restoration. You’ll come back in when the restoration is ready.
At your second visit, Dr. Koser places your new crown and bridge strategically and checks for a secure fit. Your crown or bridge may be attached to already existing implants, or they may be bonded using a special dental adhesive.
Typically, both crowns and bridges should last about 5-15 years. However, this can vary widely depending on how well you care for your restoration. Remember to keep brushing, flossing, and coming in for your regularly scheduled cleanings. This helps ensure your crown or bridge stays clean, healthy, and Dr. Koser can monitor for wear and tear.
To schedule a dental crown or bridge consultation, call Fantastic Smiles today or use the online booking tool.