Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Columbia Dental

Cosmetic Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Hamilton, NJ & Elizabeth, NJ

Crowns and bridges are a classic dental solution for restoring or replacing teeth that are damaged, unsightly, or missing entirely. Columbia Dental in Hamilton and Elizabeth, New Jersey, offers beautiful crowns and bridges that can improve the appearance of your smile and enhance your overall oral health. Schedule your visit by calling the Columbia Dental office or book your appointment online.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is a crown?

A crown is an artificial tooth cap. Your dentist uses it to cover up your entire tooth above the gumline to: 

  • Restore an injured or decayed tooth
  • Replace an unsightly tooth
  • Protect a weakened tooth after a root canal

There are several substances used to make a crown. Columbia Dental offers state-of-the-art E-MAX® crowns, which are an all-ceramic material that has a similar color and translucency as your tooth enamel, meaning it will blend in with your smile. 

E-MAX crowns are also lighter and thinner than other types of crowns so your dentist won’t have to remove as much enamel to fit the crown on your tooth.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a device that replaces a missing tooth. Traditional bridges have a pontic (or false tooth) attached to a crown on either side. Those crowns are fitted to the teeth next to your missing tooth (your abutment teeth), leaving the pontic to bridge the gap.

If your abutment teeth can’t support crowns, your dentist can use an alternative bridge to replace your missing tooth, like a cantilever bridge or a Maryland bonded bridge. 

What are dentures?

Dentures are removable prosthetics that replace all or many of the teeth. They can either be full or partial, depending on whether you’re replacing all of the teeth in your mouth or just some of them. 

Partial dentures have holes in the base where you still have teeth, allowing your natural teeth to work side-by-side with your prosthetic teeth.

If you’re extracting your remaining teeth to make room for your dentures, then you can choose between conventional dentures and immediate dentures. 

Conventional dentures are designed after your jaw and gums have had a chance to heal from your extractions, whereas immediate dentures are designed and fabricated before you have your extractions, enabling you to start wearing them immediately after you have your remaining teeth pulled. 

Immediate dentures give you the advantage of not having to go without teeth while your gums and jaw are healing, but they require more relines and refittings since your jaw will change in size as it heals.

To get started with your crowns, bridges, or dentures, schedule a visit with Columbia Dental today by calling the office or booking an appointment online.