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Tell Me About Dental Crowns and Bridges!

December 27, 2015

Filed under: All-Porcelain Bridge,Crowns — Tags: , , — Dr Gillis @ 7:32 am

Another name for a dental crown is a tooth ‘cap’.  Made out of a variety of materials including porcelain and gold, a dental crown covers and protects and/or changes the shape of the tooth or implant below it.  A dental bridge is composed of at least two dental crowns affixed to teeth or implants, and additional crown(s) and used to replace missing teeth.

Anterior crowns

Anterior crowns

Various posterior crowns made with and without metal.

Various posterior crowns made with and without metal.

Dental Crowns and/or dental bridges can be used:

  • to repair broken teeth.
  • to replace missing teeth.
  • to provide strength to an existing tooth.
  • as a replacement for very large fillings.
  • to support dental bridges.
  • to add stability and function to your bite.
  • cosmetically, to conceal permanent stains.

For gaps made up of one to three missing teeth, Dr. Gillis offers dental bridges as a permanent correction solution. Additional options include replacing the missing teeth with implants or a partial denture.  Our staff has years of experience providing this service to patients in need, and we’re well aware of the many benefits bridges give. The crowns that will secure your dental bridge will only be applied to teeth with strong roots, but they can also be applied to dental implants if your existing teeth are not sturdy enough. Dr. Gillis will work with you to take notes on the size, shape, and coloring of your teeth to send to the certified ceramist that will create your permanent tooth crowns and bridge. This is done to match your smile and jaw as closely as we can. If you want a brighter smile, it might be worth looking into the teeth whitening treatments that we have before your tooth bridge is ordered. Our staff will provide you with the necessary information and treatment options so you can make decisions that work best for you to return the health, function, and beauty to your smile.

Porcelain bridge on model. Bridge replaces two anterior teeth.

Porcelain bridge on model. Bridge replaces two anterior teeth.

Bridges and crowns can be made form many different materials to accomplish the necessary goals of strength and beauty.

Dr. Gillis practices restorative and cosmetic dentistry including porcelain veneers, tooth whitening, implants, crownsbridges and periodontal care in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Our office website is www.juliegillisds.com.  For further information, please contact us at (970) 242-3635 or email us at jgillis@juliegillisdds.com.

Yours for better health,

Julie Gillis, DDS,

“Restoring Smiles – Restoring Health”


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1190 Bookcliff Ave. Suite 201, Grand Junction, CO 81501 USA
Julie M Gillis DDS Grand Junction, CO cosmetic, general, & restorative dentist. (970) 242-3635 (970) 242-8479 jgillis@juliegillisdds.com