Let the staff at Dr. Gillis’s office bring back your smile with crown and bridge repair.
What Does the Procedure for Dental Crowns & Bridges Involve?
When you arrive at our office for your appointment for dental crowns or bridges, we first make sure that all of your questions are answered and that you are as comfortable as possible. The tooth or teeth to be treated will be anesthetized for your comfort. To help you feel at ease, we offer headphones with your choice of music, blankets, nitrous oxide or sedative medications, and lip balm—to name a few things. We use lots of water to protect your teeth and keep them cool, as well as a special means of isolating your teeth, which also provides a place for your other teeth to rest and continuous suction for your protection.
Defective existing restorations, decay, and weak areas in the tooth or teeth are removed. We use a smooth high-speed handpiece and advanced suction for your comfort and protection. The tooth or teeth are treated to minimize sensitivity and improve bonding. Missing areas of your tooth or teeth that are needed to support the dental crown or bridge are replaced as needed with a strong restorative material often called a buildup restoration. Then, the tooth or teeth are shaped as required to allow the placement of a dental crown or bridge. Dr. Julie Gillis tries to be as conservative as possible when preparing your teeth for crowns or bridges to preserve as much healthy tooth structure as possible.
Impressions are taken of your teeth for the dental laboratory making your dental crowns or bridge. An impression is also taken of the opposite arch and of your bite so that the dental crowns or bridge can be custom-made to fit the prepared teeth and align ideally with your bite. Your dentist should make sure that these impressions are optimal, as this is the information used by the laboratory technician to fabricate your restorations. Your dentist will then make you a temporary crown or bridge to cover and protect your teeth while your restorations are being made.
Models of your teeth are poured from the impressions taken, and the models are specially treated so that all sides of your teeth can be visualized and your dental crown or bridge can be fabricated. Specialized porcelains, and sometimes metal, are used by the laboratory technician to fabricate your restorations. To get an ideal color for your new tooth or teeth, the laboratory technician may use several different shades of porcelain placed in layers over the model of your tooth. Multiple methods are used depending on your specific situation to create strong and beautiful restorations that match the adjacent teeth.
The new dental crowns or bridge are then tried onto your teeth after the temporary crowns or bridge are removed. We like to show our patients their new crowns or bridge so that they have the opportunity to approve of the shape and color of their new restorations. The bite and contacts between your teeth are checked and adjusted to an ideal fit. We treat the teeth again with desensitizers and solutions to improve the attachment and then cement or bond the dental crowns or bridge to your tooth or teeth.