At the Orlando dental office of John E. Russo, DMD, we are dedicated to helping patients keep their smiles healthy with regular preventive dental checkups and teeth cleanings. Unfortunately, this isn’t always possible. When tooth decay or damage occurs, we also provide a wide range of restorative dentistry services to repair your smile and restore the look, feel, and function of damaged teeth. Two of the restorative dentistry services we use most often are dental crowns and fixed bridges. Dental crowns allow us to repair your smile following significant damage, and fixed bridges are used to replace one or more consecutive lost teeth. If you need help repairing your smile, call our Orlando dental office to get started today. Dr. Russo and his team look forward to helping you achieve and maintain your healthiest, most beautiful smile.
A dental crown, sometimes referred to as a cap, is a restoration that fits completely over the top of your damaged tooth. This replaces the lost parts of the tooth as well as protecting any remaining dental structure. Dental crowns are crafted from a number of different materials, including gold, porcelain fused to metal, all-ceramic, and zirconia.
A fixed bridge is a tooth replacement prosthetic that attaches to surrounding teeth. The replacement tooth is fused with two dental crowns. These crowns are attached to surrounding teeth, recreating a healthy, flawless smile.
We recommend dental crowns or fixed bridges to repair damaged smiles for patients in all of the following situations:
While dental crowns and bridges are utilized in different situations, the restoration process is very similar. Both crowns and bridges are placed over the course of two appointments in our office. During the initial visit, we prepare teeth. For dental crowns, preparation typically involves removing damaged areas and shaping the remaining dental structures to allow the dental crown to be placed over the top of the tooth without changing the shape of the smile.
Preparation for fixed bridges can be slightly more complex. We may need to remove one or more damaged teeth. Then, we’ll need to prepare the surrounding teeth to receive the dental crown. Once the teeth are prepared, we capture impressions that will be used by our lab to craft the custom crown or bridge. To protect your smile, we create a temporary restoration that will remain in position as the lab creates the final product. Once we receive the custom restoration from our skilled dental lab team, you’ll return to exchange your temporary for a flawless dental crown or fixed bridge.