Crowns & Bridges in Las Cruces, NM
Dental crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that are used to replace or restore damaged or missing teeth. Crowns – also known as caps – are fixed over the surfaces of natural tooth structures or dental implants. Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place by the natural teeth or crowns nearest the empty space. Both crowns and bridges are non-removable and must be cemented in place by a licensed dentist. Patients who get crown or bridges to restore their smiles achieve both the function and appearance of natural, healthy teeth.
Did you know…
that the Etruscan civilization were the first to use crowns as a means of restoring damaged teeth? In fact, the materials they used – ivory, gold, and bones – were still the standard in dentistry as recently as the 20th century, when porcelain crowns were first invented. Today, crowns and bridges are customized specifically for the patient’s bite and can usually be placed in as little as one or two dental visits. With proper cleaning and regular dental check-ups, crowns and bridges can last many years, or even a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a crown or bridge right for me?
A crown or bridge may be right for you if you have a natural tooth that’s weakened but still intact. Your natural tooth can stay in place, keeping your jaw healthy and strong. It’ll be protected by a natural-looking restoration so you won’t have to worry about it.
A dental bridge can fill a gap between your teeth consisting of one or more missing teeth. This enables you to speak and eat properly while also improving the appearance of your smile. Bridges can look completely natural, too, so you won’t have to hide your smile.
What should I expect when I have my crown or bridge placed?
Your crown or bridge will be placed in two steps. The first step includes preparing your tooth or teeth for crowns. Your tooth will have to be shaped by your dentist so the crown will fit over it and not take up too much room in your mouth.
If you’re receiving a crown, we can place it on the same day thanks to our in-office CEREC® technology. Your dentist will securely place the natural-looking crown and you’ll be good to go the very same day.
If you need a dental bridge, you’ll likely have to come back for another appointment for placement. At the end of your first visit, your dentist will place a temporary restoration that you can wear while the permanent one is being made. Once your permanent bridge is done, you’ll come back to our office to have it placed.
Do I need to follow any post-treatment care guidelines?
Yes, it’s very important to take proper care of your oral hygiene after crown or bridge placement. While your restoration is meant to protect your tooth or teeth, it can’t do that well if you don’t practice good oral hygiene.
Proper oral hygiene practices include brushing your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. A gentle floss can also prevent scratches on your restoration. And of course, visiting your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup can make your crown or bridge last longer.
After your crown or bridge placement, you may feel some discomfort, including sensitivity to hot and cold foods or beverages. This is normal and will subside as you get used to your new restoration.