Crowns & Bridges
Crowns and bridges are frequently used to repair and protect badly damaged teeth, or replace missing teeth. A crown is a custom-crafted tooth-like cap (crown) that fits over a damaged tooth to restore strength and function. Thanks to advances in technology, crowns mimic the shape of real teeth and can be colour-matched to suit your smile.
A bridge is used to replace missing teeth, restore chewing function to the bite, and create an even smile. Permanently fixed in the mouth to replace missing teeth, a bridge consists of two anchoring crowns or dental implants joined in the middle by a pontic (a fake tooth or section of teeth). A conventional fixed bridge consists of crowns that are fixed to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. It uses remaining teeth to support the new artificial tooth or teeth. False teeth are rigidly attached to these crowns. An enamel-bonded bridge uses a metal or porcelain framework to which the artificial teeth are attached. Resin is then used to bond with supporting teeth.
Bridges are extremely durable and made to look as natural as possible, so they can often be colour-matched to your existing teeth.
If you have damaged or missing teeth, speak to one of our dentists in Des Plaines and Joliet, Illinois to see if a crown or bridge can improve your smile.