Crowns And Bridges

East Village Dental PC

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Lower East Side, New York, NY

If damaged, decayed, or missing teeth are compromising the health and appearance of your smile, then crowns and bridges are for you. The team at East Village Dental in Manhattan’s Lower East Side provides exceptional crowns and bridges for their patients. If you’re in New York City and need a crown or bridge, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking a visit online.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is a dental crown?

A crown is an artificial tooth cap that your dentist seals to an existing tooth structure or a dental implant. It covers up all of your tooth above the gum line and feels and functions like a natural tooth. Certain materials can even make your crown look like a natural tooth, too.

What materials are crowns made of?

Some of the materials East Village Dental uses for crowns include:

  • Porcelain
  • Porcelain fused to metal
  • Gold
  • Metals
  • Acrylic resin
  • Amalgam

Your dentist can help you select a crown material that’s most advantageous for your needs and the location of the crown in your smile. 

Why might I need a dental crown?

Crowns can:

  • Restore a tooth with significant decay
  • Cover a cracked or broken tooth 
  • Cover a tooth that’s misshapen, discolored, or unsightly
  • Reshape and realign teeth

If you have a root canal, your dentist typically recommends fitting you with a crown in order to protect your tooth and reinforce its structural integrity.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a prosthetic device that replaces a missing tooth or teeth with a pontic (or fake tooth) that’s held in place by crowns. Your dentist fits the crowns to your abutment teeth, which are the teeth next to your missing tooth. 

If your abutment teeth can’t support crowns, your dentist might recommend an alternative bridge, like a cantilever bridge or a Maryland-bonded bridge.

What are the benefits of a dental bridge?

By replacing your missing tooth or teeth, a bridge has a number of benefits, like:

  • Enhancing the appearance of your smile
  • Keeping your teeth from shifting out of alignment
  • Improving your ability to properly eat and speak

Ultimately, a bridge restores your smile and optimizes your oral health.

What’s the procedure for getting crowns and bridges?

Crowns and bridges typically require two visits to East Village Dental.

During the first visit, your dentist shaves some enamel off of your teeth to prepare your mouth for the crown or bridge. 

If you’re getting a crown, they reduce the enamel from your tooth that’s receiving the crown, and with a bridge, they reduce the enamel from your abutment teeth. Next, they take an impression of your mouth and send you home with a temporary crown or bridge.

Your dentist sends your impression to a lab that fabricates your permanent crown or bridge. When your permanent restoration is ready, you come back for a second appointment, where your dentist permanently bonds it to your tooth or teeth.

Get started on your crown or bridge and schedule an appointment with East Village Dental by phone or online today.