Crowns And Bridges

Envision A Smile

General, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry located in St. Charles, IL

Crowns and bridges are restorative tools that can not only improve your smile but also boost your confidence. At Envision a Smile in St. Charles, Illinois, Rick Brar, DMD, and Keith Bram, DDS, have a great deal of expertise creating custom crowns and bridges. They’re proud to offer same-day crowns that can get you to your new smile even faster. When you’re ready to learn more, set up your visit using the simple online scheduling tool or call to speak with a member of the administrative staff.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What are dental crowns?

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped device that covers your natural tooth. Crowns provide structural support and protection, and can often make the difference between saving and losing a tooth.

Crowns can treat:

  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • A tooth weakened by a large filling or multiple dental procedures
  • Discoloration or shape irregularities

Crowns are also a part of dental implant procedures - they act as the replacement tooth attached to the root of the implant.

The process of getting a crown at Envision a Smile begins by addressing any active decay. Next, a small portion of your enamel is removed to make room for the crown. Impressions or imaging are gathered to create your custom crown. Once the dental lab completes your crown, you return to Envision a Smile for permanent placement.

Envision a Smile also offers same-day CEREC crowns. Your crown is manufactured in-house using durable and aesthetically appealing materials while you relax. Once ready, your dentist checks your crown for fit and cements it into place.

What are dental bridges?

A bridge is created from one or more false teeth anchored to your adjacent natural teeth by dental crowns. Bridges not only restore your smile, but they also maintain the natural shape of your face, prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of position, and create proper bite distribution.

Bridges are usually anchored to the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth. If there is only one tooth available for an anchor, a special type of bridge called a cantilever bridge is an option. There is another type of bridge that attaches to porcelain or metal “wings” bonded to your natural teeth.

Your Envision a Smile dentist can advise you on the best type of bridgework for your specific needs.

How durable are crowns and bridges?

Dental crowns are incredibly durable and can last 5-15 years. You can extend the life of your crown by taking great care of your oral health needs. It’s also important to avoid anything that places undue pressure on your crown, like chewing ice or grinding your teeth.

Dental bridges can also last 5-15 years or more. Be sure to brush and floss properly to keep your natural teeth healthy and strong. If you encounter any issues with your bridge, like chips or a change in position, visit Envision a Smile for an exam right away.

Crowns and bridges deliver both cosmetic and restorative benefits, so repairing the damage is important. Many issues can be repaired, especially if caught early.

If you have questions about crowns or bridges, book an appointment at Envision a Smile today. You can set up a visit online or by phone, so don’t delay.