When a tooth is lost or damaged, Dr. Cederbaum’s goal is to provide the restoration that works best for you. We want to restore your tooth to its natural function, but we also want to provide a restoration that looks natural. Two effective restorations that are also very attractive are dental crowns and dental bridges.
A dental crown is a prosthetic cap designed to restore a damaged tooth and protect it from further harm. There are several instances when a crown can be used to restore a tooth:
- A tooth that has been cracked or broken due to dental trauma, such as an auto accident or a blow to the head
- A cavity that results in extensive damage that cannot be repaired with a regular filling
- To support a dental bridge designed to replace a missing tooth
- To restore a tooth following root canal therapy and seal the site to prevent future infection
Dental crowns can be made from a number of different materials, including a combination of porcelain and metal (PFM) or ceramics. Crowns containing metal are very reliable, but they are less attractive than ceramic crowns and many patients have concerns about restorations containing metal. Fortunately, modern advances in technology have produced extremely attractive ceramic crowns which are quite durable.
Faster, Easier Restoration with Advanced iTero Technology
The first step in placing your permanent crown is creating an impression of your tooth which is used to make a model of your restoration. In the past, dentists often had to fill the patient’s mouth with a goopy material and then wait for it to harden in order to make a physical impression. But thanks to our advanced iTero technology, Dr. Cederbaum can create your impression using a small electronic wand that sends the necessary information directly to a computer.
Instead of mailing an actual physical model of your restoration to the laboratory, we can just email the information, saving our patients both time and money. Once your ceramic crown is complete, Dr. Cederbaum will file down part of the tooth to create a platform for the crown and then attach your custom-made crown using dental adhesive.
Crown-Secured Dental Bridges
When a patient loses a tooth due to trauma, decay, or gum disease, a restoration is necessary to fill the gap left by the missing tooth and restore the patient’s chewing function. In these cases, Dr. Cederbaum generally recommends using either a dental bridge or a dental implant to restore the tooth.
A dental bridge is a porcelain prosthetic which is held in place using the neighboring teeth at each end of the gap for support. Dr. Cederbaum uses dental crowns to secure your dental bridge because they’re an attractive and effective restoration. Dental bridges have some disadvantages in comparison to dental implants, but dental implants aren’t medically advisable for all patients.
Just give us a call or fill out the form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cederbaum to learn more about our restorative services such as crowns, bridges, or dental implants. One of our helpful team members will get right back to you.