Crowns and Bridges – Shelton, CT

Restored Smile, Restored Function

dental patient smiling after crown procedure

Returning Function and Aesthetics to Your Smile

One of the most common and versatile dental procedures are crowns and bridges. Dental crowns and bridges are used in both cosmetic dentistry and functional treatments, like dental implants, in order to improve the look and function of your smile. These porcelain or ceramic restorations look just like natural teeth and can be used to bite and chew without pain or damage. Drs. Dustin and Kenneth Rabine provide patients with crowns or bridges almost every day and have the artistic eye to give you a natural-looking restoration that blends in perfectly with your surrounding teeth.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are “caps” for teeth or implants that mimic the look, feel and function of your natural tooth crown. This is just the area that you see above the gumline. We commonly use crowns to protect teeth that have been damaged, suffer from extensive decay, are malformed or have been treated by a root canal. Once the crown is placed over your tooth, the damaged areas will be protected from further harm or discomfort and the crown will allow you to chew again naturally. When used to restore a dental implant, crowns are permanently cemented to the abutment above the gumline and is designed to look and function just like a natural tooth. In both cases, our team can make crowns that are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth!

Common Uses for Crowns

  • Protect teeth treated by root canal
  • Improve the look of flawed teeth
  • Reshape damaged teeth
  • Restore a dental implant

What are Dental Bridges?

dental bridge model

A dental bridge is a series of crowns connected together that are used to span the gap of a missing tooth or multiple teeth. We will attach the bridge to two abutment teeth that surround the empty space. This will cover the space missing a tooth with the crown and allow you to bite, chew, and speak naturally again. This bridge will also look natural within your smile, restoring self-confidence. However, the bone under the bridge is not stimulated by a tooth root, so it may begin to deteriorate, which can alter your bite and facial shape over time. A solution to this is to restore lost bone volume with bone grafting treatments or to replace the missing tooth with a dental implant.

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