Crowns and bridges replace missing teeth or repair damaged teeth. Plus they protect your teeth from further breakdown and cover implants. At Mint Dental, Alexandra Peri, DDS, provides custom crowns and bridges to restore and enhance your smile. Men and women in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and the surrounding areas can call the office or book online to learn more about these restorations that make your smile look and function naturally.
Crowns and bridges are common dental restorations that offer valuable cosmetic and oral health benefits.
A crown is a strong, protective cover, or cap, typically made from porcelain that is placed on a tooth to prevent further damage or improve its appearance and function. Crowns may also be secured to a metal post-implant that’s replaced a missing tooth. Crowns are made to match the shade of your natural teeth.
Bridges are a row of false teeth that fix gaps in your smile. They fit snugly in your mouth and are adhered to neighboring teeth or metal implants. Like crowns, bridges are designed to match the size, color, and shape of your teeth so they blend right in with your smile.
When you and Dr. Peri have concluded that a crown or bridge is right for you, you come into Mint Dental for an impression of your teeth. These impressions are sent to an outside lab, which fabricates your restoration. The process takes 1-2 weeks. You may be fitted with a temporary restoration in the meantime.
When you return to the office, Dr. Peri places your crown. If you already have dental implants, she places the restoration on them. If the crown or bridge is being placed on existing teeth, she files them down, preps them to remove all bacteria, and uses a special dental adhesive to bond the crown to the affected tooth or the bridge to the neighboring teeth.
Bridges and crowns improve your smile if you have damaged or missing teeth. You may also choose a bridge or crown to:
Crowns and bridges can make dental hygiene easier and improve chewing and other oral function, too.
Crowns and bridges usually last 5-15 years. If you take excellent care of your restorations by brushing regularly and flossing once daily, you can make them last even longer. Come into Mint Dental for regular exams and professional cleanings to keep your restorations in good shape.
If you’d like to set up a consultation for a new crown or bridge, call the office of Mint Dental or use the online scheduler.