Dental restorations like crowns and bridges provide a quick and convenient way to repair damage caused by trauma, infection, or decay. At Grace Dental Design, general dentist Sandy Grace, DDS, and the team use state-of-the-art equipment to guide the process of building crowns and bridges. If you want to maintain your smile and achieve optimal tooth function, don’t wait to request a consultation. To make an appointment at the practice in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, call the office today or book online.
Crowns and bridges are dental restorations that repair or replace your teeth. They’re frequently mentioned together, but aren’t the same thing:
Crowns are synthetic caps made from materials like porcelain or zirconia. They’re bonded on top of a damaged or decaying tooth, making it easier to bite and chew. Most crowns last at least a decade and reduce the risk of potentially serious oral issues, like deep cavities.
A bridge fills a gap in your smile caused by a missing or extracted tooth. Bridges restore your smile to a healthy, vibrant condition and prevent your remaining healthy teeth from moving out of the proper position.
Getting crowns and bridges takes at least two visits to Dr. Grace and the team.
Before recommending a crown or bridge, Dr. Grace conducts an oral exam and reviews your dental health history. If you’re missing a permanent tooth or have a cavity, she administers a local anesthetic and takes digital impressions with the iTero® intraoral scanner.
Dr. Grace sends your scans to a dental laboratory that uses them to design and manufacture a custom crown or dental bridge.
A week later, when the laboratory completes your custom crown or bridge, you return to the office. Dr. Grace and the team administer a local anesthetic and bond your crown or bridge in place. Before you leave, they polish your restoration and provide at-home care instructions.
Yes. To keep your crown or bridge in optimal condition, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. Dr. Grace and the team recommend:
If you leave a physically active lifestyle or play contact sports, consider a mouthguard to reduce the risk of chips, cracks, or other damage.
To see if you’re a candidate for crowns and bridges, make an appointment at Grace Dental Design by calling the office today or scheduling online.