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Fillings, Crowns, and Bridges


If your teeth have cavities, then each needs to have a filling. Left untreated, cavities can erode the entire tooth and extend into the root, necessitating a root canal or the complete loss of the affected tooth. If you need to have a tooth filled, it’s a simple procedure. Your dentist will remove the damaged part of the tooth, clean and disinfect the area, and then place the filling. Options usually include tooth colored composite, silver amalgam, porcelain or gold.

Fillings, Crowns and Bridges: Text


For teeth that have large cavities, recently had root canal treatment or fractured a large portion of the tooth, crowns can be a great long term solution. Dental crowns, also sometimes referred to as dental caps, cover the outside surface of the tooth and protect it.

Fillings, Crowns and Bridges: Text


A bridge is comprised of two or more crowns that are attached to teeth adjacent to a missing tooth. The two crowns have a tooth attached in the middle filling the space and create a "bridge" to fill the space. 


Crown and Bridge Materials

Crowns are available in porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic, and gold alloy. Although ceramic is most often used for front teeth due to excellent esthetic outcomes, gold is popular for rear teeth.


What to expect

Placement of a dental crown is a three step procedure.

  1. Your dentist will shape and prep the tooth involved using a drill. Then take an impression of the tooth, which will be used to fabricate the crown.

  2. Next, we’ll create and place a temporary crown until your permanent one is ready. 

  3. Finally, you’ll return to our office for the installation of your permanent crown. We’ll adjust it for fit and comfort before we permanently attach it using a high-bond cement. 

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