Dental Crowns & Bridges - Naples, FL
Replace One or Multiple Missing Teeth
Dental crowns (or caps) are dental restorations that are placed over a tooth when conservative restorations are insufficient to restore their form and function.
A dental bridge serves to replace a missing tooth or teeth. One type of dental bridge consists of dental crowns placed on either side of the missing tooth to connect the replacement tooth or teeth to them. Another type of dental bridge consists of the replacement tooth attached to the adjacent teeth with wing-like appendages. Dental bridges can also be supported by dental implants.
Dental crowns and bridges can be made entirely of a tooth-colored material, metal, or a combination to provide optimal aesthetics. Some metal-free dental crowns and bridges incorporate stress-bearing materials to enhance their strength and wear-resistance.
Is A Dental Crown Right For Me?
A dental crown has many benefits. Dental crowns address aesthetic needs, restore tooth function, and enhance the overall health of your mouth.
In cases where teeth have large broken down fillings, a dental crown can protect and preserve the remaining natural tooth. To enhance your smile, metal-free, tooth colored porcelain crowns can also replace older metal or metal with porcelain crowns.
Porcelain crowns have translucent qualities that, with the help of an expert cosmetic dentist like Dr. Jeffrey Skupny, can look just like natural teeth. Following root canal therapy, a dental crown is typically placed over the remaining tooth structure to preserve aesthetics and tooth function.
Is a Dental Bridge Right For Me?
In cases where teeth are missing, a dental bridge prevents the remaining natural teeth from shifting so that a person’s dental health and facial aesthetics are not compromised. Dental bridges can also provide a permanent, non-removable alternative to removable partial or full dentures. Whether supported by natural teeth or dental implants, dental bridges can offer life-like aesthetics and stable chewing surfaces. They can be easily maintained with modified brushing and flossing.
What Happens At The First Appointment?
With both dental crowns and bridges, your Naples dentist needs to shape the teeth to provide a stable support and precise fit for the final restoration. Following tooth preparation, impressions are taken of the teeth, and a replica of your mouth is created for the dental laboratory to make the restoration. You and your dentist will carefully discuss the color, shape, and size of the dental crown(s) or dental bridge(s). A temporary restoration is secured to protect the prepared teeth and maintain the precise space left by the tooth until the new restoration is fabricated.
If an implant-supported dental crown or bridge is your best option, Dr. Skupny will evaluate your health and suitability for implant placement. He may also proceed with surgical planning or refer you to a specialist trained in implant surgery.
Improve Your Smile in South Florida
Naples, Florida dentist Dr. Jeffrey Skupny uses a variety of dental services and techniques to provide the very best results for all of his patients. His artistic abilities and experience with dentistry, along with his use of the finest materials and products, combine to create a healthy, natural looking, and spectacular smile. Contact our Naples dental office in Collier County today to learn more about the dental options available to you.