Crowns & Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that are used to replace or restore damaged or missing teeth.

Crowns – also known as caps – are fixed over the surfaces of natural tooth structures or dental implants. Crowns are typically used for teeth that are decayed but still intact. Crowns can be placed on front or back teeth.  For a limited time, Elite Dental Care is offering a Smile Makeover special offer which includes up to 8 crowns or veneers for the front teeth. Crowns offer the appearance and function of natural, healthy teeth.

If teeth are missing but neighboring teeth and structures are still intact, a bridge may be the solution for you. Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left by missing teeth and are anchored in place by the natural teeth or crowns nearest the empty space. Bridges are non-removable and must be cemented in place by a licensed dentist. Patients who get bridges to restore their smiles achieve both the function and appearance of natural, healthy teeth.

What to Expect

The procedure for getting a crown starts with the dentist first removing the decay from your tooth and, if needed, performing a root canal. An impression will then be taken of your bite and used to fabricate a mold for the crown. You will receive a temporary crown to protect the tooth underneath while you await your permanent crown. Some sensitivity after placement of the temporary or permanent crown is to be expected, can be managed with ibuprofen, and should subside within a few days of your treatment.

The process for getting a bridge starts with preparing the surrounding teeth for bonding to the replacement tooth. Dr. Chavez takes a very conservative approach with the goal of buffing away the minimum amount on the surrounding teeth. You will be fitted for your permanent bridge and provided a temporary appliance while your final appliance is in production. Your teeth will need time to heal following the bridge placement process, so it is normal for you to experience some sensitivity – especially to hot and cold. Additionally, you may experience soreness in the gums surrounding your restorations, though this is usually manageable with ibuprofen and should subside within a few days.