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Crowns and Bridges

What is a crown?

A dental crown is a tooth shaped “cap” placed over a malformed or broken tooth to restore it’s strength and appearance. Crowns are made from a variety of materials including ceramic metals.

Why should I consider having a crown?

A crown can be used to salvage a badly damaged tooth, support and protect a weak tooth, or anchor other dental appliances by providing the necessary framework to secure bridges or dentures. In addition, a crown can improve the appearance of your teeth… and your smile.

What is a Bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed appliance that replaces a missing tooth.

How does a bridge work?

The bridge typically consists of two crowns, one over each anchoring tooth (abutment) and a replacement tooth (pontic). The pontic is attached permanently to the anchoring teeth, filing (bridging) the gap created by a missing tooth.

Are there any disadvantages to having a bridge?

Bridges are an inexpensive way to replace a missing tooth, but they do require the alteration of healthy tooth structure on adjacent teeth to support the bridge.

If you have any questions about crowns or bridges, we will be glad to answer them for you.

Please call our office at (480)860-8282 or email us at info@scottsdaledentalarts.com