Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Smiles for Life Family Dentistry

Family and Cosmetic Dentists located in Las Vegas, NV

Even a single missing tooth can make chewing and speaking difficult. To keep your teeth healthy and strong, Smiles for Life Family Dentistry in Las Vegas, Nevada, offers dental crowns and bridges. These fixed dental prosthetics restore the look and function of your teeth so you can feel confident once again. If you think crowns and bridges can improve your smile, call John Quinn, DMD, and the expert team at Smiles for Life Family Dentistry or schedule a visit online.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that fits over a damaged tooth to restore its size, shape, strength, and color. These restorations are typically recommended to cover:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Severe tooth discoloration
  • Teeth worn by grinding (bruxism)
  • Misshapen teeth
  • Teeth with large fillings

In addition to restoring the strength and appearance of your teeth, crowns protect from further damage by sealing out harmful plaque and bacteria.

How are crowns placed?

Traditional crowns take at least two visits to place. If your dentist decides that a crown is right for you, they will remove a portion of your enamel from your tooth to provide a strong, stable base for the crown. Next, they take digital impressions of your teeth. These impressions serve as an accurate model to create your new crown.

At the second appointment, your dentist checks the crown to ensure it’s the right fit and shade before placing and cementing it in place with special dental adhesive. If you experience any difficulties chewing, call the office to schedule a follow-up appointment.

Smiles for Life Family Dentistry also offers CEREC® same-day crowns, which use computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) technology to fabricate dental restorations within minutes. 

CEREC crowns are an excellent option for busy patients who want to be in and out of the office in a single visit.

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge bridges the gap left behind by a missing tooth by utilizing the teeth around it.

Much like a real bridge, a dental bridge is held in place by two abutments — the teeth on each side of your missing tooth. These abutments add stability to your pontic — the false tooth in the middle of your abutments — and hold it in place.

How is a dental bridge placed?

Once your dentist decides that a dental bridge is right for you, they must prepare your abutments for dental crowns. They file down the teeth to provide a solid, stable base for your new crowns, ensuring they can effectively hold your prosthetic tooth in place.

Next, your dentist takes digital impressions of your teeth to create your two crowns and pontic. While you wait for your new restorations, your dentist will fit you for a temporary bridge.

When you return to Smiles for Life Family Dentistry about two weeks later, your dentist removes the temporary bridge and replaces it with your permanent restoration.

Dental crowns and bridges restore the strength, appearance, and function of your teeth. To schedule an appointment with an expert dentist, call Smiles for Life Family Dentistry or book online.