Fractured, misshapen, and missing teeth can diminish your ability to chew comfortably and speak clearly. Eric Klein, DDS, and the expert dental team at Eric Klein D.D.S. & Associates in Norwalk, Connecticut, understand the importance of maintaining a healthy smile. To better serve their patients, the team offers traditional and same-day crowns and bridges at their office. Call the clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
Crowns and bridges are dental restorations that improve your tooth function and appearance. They often work together or crowns can function well on their own. While crowns and bridges often go hand in hand, they are different restorations that serve unique purposes:
A crown is a dental cap that fits snuggly over the visible part of a damaged or decayed tooth. Crowns can be restorative or cosmetic, improving a tooth’s shape, size, and color while enhancing your ability to chew and speak.
Bridges replace missing teeth. They can replace one tooth or several, depending on your needs. Each bridge includes two crowns that fit over your supporting teeth (abutments) with artificial teeth in the center.
While bridges solely replace missing teeth, ceramic crowns can address several cosmetic and functional concerns, such as:
The team can connect crowns to bridges or dental implants. They may also recommend a crown if you’ve recently undergone root canal therapy or have a cavity that is too large for a filling.
First, the team examines your teeth and performs digital X-rays. Next, they administer a local anesthetic and reshape your teeth to prepare for dental crowns. The team also takes digital impressions of your teeth to create your custom-made restorations.
It can take two to three weeks to create your restorations. You’ll wear temporary restorations while you wait.
When you return, the team places your crowns and bridges. They may make minor adjustments before cementing the restoration in place, improving your speech and chewing abilities.
Call Eric Klein D.D.S. & Associates today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about crowns and bridges.