Crowns and Bridges

What are Crowns and Bridges?

Crowns are used to repair teeth that have been weakened by cracks, cavities, or fillings that need to be replaced. Crowns strengthen the teeth to help you avoid losing them completely. Crowns can also be used in preparation for bridges or to repair discolored teeth.

If you have multiple teeth in a row that are missing or need replacing, you may consider a bridge. Bridges are replacement teeth that are placed on a metal bar and attached to the healthy teeth or crowns on each side of the space. They are then permanently cemented in the mouth. Bridges have a similar look to porcelain veneers and crowns.

Will a Crown or Bridge Work Better for Me?

A consultation is the best way to determine whether a crown or bridge will work best for you. After evaluating your teeth, we can discuss your goals and options and also help you determine which material will work best for your crown or bridge.

The Crown Process

Crowns generally require two visits. At the first visit, an impression will be taken of your tooth and the area around it. The damaged part of the tooth will be removed and a temporary acrylic crown will be cemented in place.

During the second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the area will be cleaned and prepared for the permanent crown. Once the permanent crown has been placed, the crown and surrounding teeth will be adjusted for comfort.

The Bridge Process

A minimum of two visits is required for bridges. On the first visit, the teeth on either side of the space where the bridge will be affixed are prepared to receive the bridge, usually with crowns. A temporary bridge is attached after the crowns are placed.

At the second visit, the permanent bridge is adjusted and cemented in place. Expect an adjustment time of a few weeks before the bridge feels as comfortable as the rest of your teeth.

After Crowns and Bridges are Placed

Crowns and bridges not only improve the appearance of your teeth, they also improve your oral health. With proper care, they can last 10-15 years. Brushing and flossing may be difficult after you first receive a bridge or crown, but our staff will show you how to properly care for your new teeth to help extend their life.

Keep Natural Teeth Longer

As we age, our teeth may weaken due to cracks, cavities or large fillings. A crown can strengthen and extend the life of your tooth. Crowns can also be used in conjunction with a bridge or to repair a tooth discolored from an accident or illness.

Restore Your Smile

A bridge is a good option if you have several teeth in a row that need to be replaced. A bridge is basically a metal bar with replacement teeth attached. The bridge can be attached to adjacent crowns or other permanent teeth. A bridge is permanently attached and looks similar to porcelain veneers. When cared for correctly, a bridge can last 10 to 15 years.

Affordable Financing Available

The staff at Amazing Smiles believes you should never have to make the choice between good oral health and finances. That’s why we offer multiple payment plans so that you can have a healthy, gorgeous smile that doesn’t stress your budget.


Dr. Chang and his staff can advise you of which option is best for you to replace missing or damaged teeth. And if you’re anxious about either procedure, Dr. Chang offers nitrous oxide to help you relax during the office visits.