Dental Crowns and Bridges: Learn More about Restoring Missing or Damaged Teeth

Dental crowns and bridges, available at our Huntington practice, are restorations that address damaged or missing teeth. Crowns can be used to strengthen and protect teeth following treatment for damage or decay. They can also be used to achieve an aesthetic enhancement. Bridges, or partial dentures, are used to replace lost teeth. Dr. Robert J. Matlach works closely with trusted dental laboratories to create natural-looking, durable crowns and bridges that blend seamlessly with your surrounding teeth. To learn more about your restorative dentistry options, contact Dr. Matlach's team today and schedule an appointment.

What is a Dental Crown?

A dental crown, sometimes called a cap, is a single-tooth restoration that fits over a natural tooth following treatment for trauma or decay. Crowns protect the tooth and restore its ability to chew. Crowns can also be used in conjunction with a dental implant to replace a single missing tooth.

Crowns are commonly placed following root canal therapy, a procedure that involves eliminating advanced decay by removing the tooth pulp, leaving behind the unaffected outer tooth structure.The crown protects the treated tooth, restoring balance and functionality to your smile, as well as a complete and natural appearance.

Your natural tooth will be prepared to accommodate the crown and achieve a comfortable fit. Next, Dr. Matlach will take an impression of the tooth, which will be used to guide technicians as they create your restorations to the exact dimensions of your smile. While your customized crown is being crafted at a state-of-the-art laboratory, you will wear a temporary crown. Once your permanent crown is finished, Dr. Matlach will ensure that it fits properly over the natural tooth and bond it in place using a special dental cement. 

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge closes a gap in the smile where one or more teeth have been lost or extracted. A bridge is securely attached to specialized adjacent crowns, or a dental implant. A bridge restores the aesthetics of a smile, chewing functionality, and balance between the upper and lower jaws.

Depending upon which support method is chosen, patients may need to have their natural teeth prepared and fitted with crowns. Dr. Matlach can provide temporary prostheses while patients are waiting for their permanent bridge placement.

Customizing Your Restoration

Our dental crowns and bridges can be made from a variety of materials, each with specific attributes that make them better suited for some cases than others. Our advanced laboratory prefers e.max® porcelain, which is both natural-looking and durable. While a tooth-colored restoration may be suitable for the anterior teeth, Dr. Matlach will often recommend a metal restoration (made from gold or an alloy) to restore the back teeth, which must withstand considerable pressure when chewing. 

Learn More during a Consultation

If you have missing or damaged teeth, or if you are frustrated with cosmetic imperfections, you can learn more about your candidacy for crowns and bridges at our office. To speak with our friendly team and schedule a consultation with Dr. Matlach, contact us today.