Metal Free Crowns and Bridges

Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth.

Bridges

Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.

Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. There are several types of fixed dental bridges (cannot be removed), including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, your dentist can only remove a fixed bridge. .

Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances.

Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.

Crowns

Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.

Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.

Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.

Procedures

A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression is then made from the existing tooth to create a custom-designed crown. The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.

Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.

Caring For Your Crowns

With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.

Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.

Testimonials

Helpful and professional

The office staff is very helpful and professional. Dr Listopad makes you feel at ease and takes his time with our family. He answers all of our questions and concerns. He is very friendly too, he always asks how we are doing before the examination. We have been coming for many years and looking forward to coming many more.

Liz K.
January 25, 2020

Recommend to everyone

Dr. Listopad is a great dentist, nice, friendly and helpful people working there. When you need an emergency, they are taking you right away! Using this dental office for many years now, and recommend to everyone who is looking for a great place!

Anna S.
August 13, 2019

Always professional

Only place I will go for my dental work. I had a cleaning today and they are so great.

Kerry B.
March 07, 2017

Professional and pleasant

Thorough, competent, professional and pleasant —those are the reasons Dr. LISTOPAD is my family’s dentist. Not once over the years has he recommended work that was not absolutely necessary. His goal has been to preserve and maintain what nature put there,—my top priority in a dental professional.

Hawkins R.
July 22, 2019

1st visit

Everyone was very friendly and helpful. I felt comfortable and confidant that I was receiving good care and good advice on taking care of my teeth.

Anonymous
May 10, 2017

 

Toothache issues

Services were excellent. Quick, all the staff was very pleasant, not to mention Dr. Tammy. Very professional and prompt. I would highly recommend this dentist.

Delroy R.
April 19, 2017

Painless and quick

Very professional competent and gentle. The procedure was painless and very quick. Dr. Listopad is the kind of dentist that you want. He explained everything as he worked on my mouth. The price was very fair and if you need an Excellent Dental Office this is the place.

Michael C.
February 4, 2020