Crowns & Bridges

As your go-to source when it comes to dentistry in Little Rock, AR, we at Tracy T. Windham DDS General Dentistry strive to provide the most comprehensive dental care possible. We want all our patients to be able to achieve a healthy and beautiful smile so we aim to offer the widest selection of general dental treatments you’ll find from a local dentist in Little Rock, AR. Even if you happen to be missing a tooth, we don’t want you to worry because we have a number of treatments, including crowns and bridges, that can be used to fix this problem.

What Are Crowns & Bridges?

Dental Bridge.Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that are placed over teeth in order to restore their shape, strength, and appearance. Crowns will fully encase the visible portion of the tooth. While crowns are generally used on damaged teeth, they can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place.
 
A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration that’s used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. In a bridge, an artificial tooth is joined to the adjacent healthy teeth or dental implants. The adjacent teeth are called abutments and will provide support on both sides to the artificial replacement tooth, also called a pontic.

How Do Bridges Work?

Dental Bridgework - Step by Step.In order for abutment teeth to provide support and a dental bridge to work, the abutment teeth must be ‘crowned.’ To do this, the abutment teeth (the teeth on each side of the missing tooth) will be prepared by having much of their tooth enamel removed so there’s enough space for the crowns to fit over them. These crowns that are placed over the abutment teeth will be attached to the pontic. The pontic is just another crown, only there’s no natural tooth underneath it; the pontic will cover the gap that was left by the missing tooth.
 
If you’re missing multiple teeth, more crowns will be needed to bridge the gap. More abutment teeth may be needed as well depending on the number of missing teeth, where they were lost, and the bone support each abutment tooth has.

The Bridgework Procedure

Getting bridgework typically takes two visits to our office and generally follows these steps:

  • First, we’ll prepare your abutment teeth and use local anesthesia to minimize any discomfort.
  • We’ll take a mold of your prepared teeth using a putty-like impression material. Alternatively, we may use digital scanning equipment.
  • The dental laboratory technicians will then start making your crowns with the help of the models that were just created.
  • We’ll give you a temporary bridge to wear before you leave our office; our technicians won’t have the crowns finished until your next visit.
  • When you come in for your next scheduled visit, we’ll cement your permanent bridge in place. After a brief adjustment period, these teeth will look, feel, and perform just the way your natural teeth did.

It’s also important to remember that crowned teeth and bridges require the same care as all your other teeth. With the proper care, a bridge can last a lifetime.

Contact Your Local Dentist in Little Rock, AR

If you have any further questions about crowns and bridges, please don’t hesitate to contact us. One of our knowledgeable team members will be happy to assist you. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with us, you can fill out our online appointment request form or give us a call at (501) 664-6888. We hope to help put you on the path toward a healthier smile!

 

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