If you lose or damage your permanent teeth, crowns and bridges can restore your smile and prevent further complications. At Personal Touch Dentistry, family and general dentist Wilma Antonio, DDS, offers crowns and bridges to people of all ages. Using advanced tools like intraoral scanners and CAD/CAM design technology, she can ensure a perfect fit. To make an appointment at the practice in Eastchester, New York, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Crowns and bridges are dental restorations that serve several purposes:
Crowns are coverings made of ceramic, porcelain, or amalgam bonded to the top of a tooth. They repair damage or decay, preventing the need for an extraction. To keep your crown in optimal condition, brush and floss daily and visit Personal Touch Dentistry two times a year.
Bridges are restorations that fill the space left by a missing tooth. They’re held in place by two dental crowns or a metal framework bonded to your surrounding healthy teeth.
At Personal Touch Dentistry, Dr. Antonio uses crowns to:
Dr. Antonio uses dental bridges to replace one (or multiple) missing teeth. By filling a gap in your smile, it’s possible to prevent your remaining permanent teeth from shifting.
The process for getting crowns and bridges is completely different.
At Personal Touch Dentistry, getting a crown takes one appointment.
Following an oral exam, Dr. Antonio administers a local anesthetic and removes the decaying or damaged portion of your tooth. Then, she takes digital impressions of your tooth with an intraoral scanner and uploads them to a CAD/CAM design program. Dr. Antonio uses the program to design a custom crown that fits perfectly.
After approving your design, she transfers it to a milling machine. The milling machine creates a custom crown from a block of porcelain. When the machine finishes, Dr. Antonio lines up the crown with your tooth and bonds it in place.
At Personal Touch Dentistry, getting a bridge takes two appointments.
After conducting an oral exam and taking a series of digital X-rays, Dr. Antonio administers a local anesthetic and prepares the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile to receive crowns. To do that, she removes a thin layer of enamel from the top and sides. Then, she takes digital impressions of your mouth with an intraoral scanner.
Dr. Antonio sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that uses them to design a bridge. A week or two later, you return to Personal Touch Dentistry. Dr. Antonio administers a local anesthetic and bonds the bridge in place. Afterward, she polishes the bridge and provides care instructions.
To further explore crowns and bridges, make an appointment at Personal Touch Dentistry. Call the office and speak with a helpful staff member or book online today.