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Dental Crowns and Bridges: Your Complete Smile Solution

Young woman with flawless healthy smileCrowns and bridges have been used for generations to repair damaged and missing teeth, and the reason for that is simple: they work! Dr. Clifton Baldwin and our team are experts when it comes to these procedures, and you’ll be amazed at the difference they can make for your smile

Closeup of dental model with crown

What is a Dental Crown?

Crowns are used to restore a tooth when other treatments (such as a filling) are not possible. A dental crown can be used to:

A dental crown or “cap” encases the entire tooth and can restore both its strength and appearance. It is designed to look like the original tooth. The damaged tooth is protected and strengthened by the crown. Tooth colored crowns are made of porcelain and are meant to look just like your natural teeth. With the proper oral hygiene, crowns can last for many years.

The process to get a crown typically takes at least two visits. At the first one, Dr. Baldwin will gently shape your tooth so that the crown will securely fit over it. He’ll then take an impression of your teeth and send it to a local dental lab to fabricate your crown. While it is being made, he will fit your tooth with a temporary crown. When you return to the office, he’ll place the crown over your tooth and apply a small amount of dental cement. After that, you’re finished, and your new smile is ready for the world!

Model of smile with fixed bridge restoration

What is a Dental Bridge?

If you have a missing tooth, you have a few options as to how to replace it. A dental implant is one option, but a dental bridge is a much less invasive approach. Dental implants require surgery and anchor to the jawbone, but a dental bridge only needs your neighboring teeth to be fully supported.

To get one, dental crowns will be placed on the teeth on both sides of the gap in your smile. Then, a prosthetic tooth will be bonded between them. Dental bridges are much less expensive than dental implants, but they can still give you the appearance of a natural tooth.

Have Questions?

If you would like more information about dental bridges and crowns, call our office to set up an appointment with Dr. Baldwin to discuss your dental needs.

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