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Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and Bridges services offered in Bayonne, Plainfield, Elizabeth and Jersey City, NJ

Dental crowns and bridges are solutions for damaged or missing teeth. At Dental Associates of NJ in Bayonne, Plainfield, and Elizabeth New Jersey, Steven Reff, DDS, offers these dental restorations to improve the function and look of your smile. Call today or schedule an appointment online if you need an expertly designed and placed crown.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What are dental crowns and bridges? 

Dental crowns are custom-made caps that cover and protect a damaged or weakened tooth. Crowns are made from many different materials, including metal alloys. Porcelain or ceramic crowns are other sturdy options that match your natural teeth.

Dental crowns restore your tooth's shape, size, strength, and appearance. 

Dental bridges replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of one or more artificial teeth, called pontics, held in place by crowns attached to the adjacent natural teeth.

Why might I need a dental crown? 

Dental crowns restore teeth that have undergone significant decay, are fractured, weakened, or have large fillings. Crowns help protect and strengthen compromised teeth while also improving their appearance. They are often used to protect a tooth that’s gone through root canal treatment or to cover dental implants.

What is the process for getting a dental crown? 

Getting a dental crown typically involves two visits. During the first visit, your dentist prepares the tooth by removing any decay or damaged portions. Dr. Reff takes impressions and sends them to a lab to fabricate a custom crown that matches your bite and aesthetics. In the meantime, he places a temporary crown. 

At your second visit, Dr. Reff removes the temporary crown and cements the permanent crown into place. He refines your bite so the crown feels natural and blends into your smile.

How do dental bridges work?

Dental bridges replace missing teeth and restore your smile's function and appearance. They have two parts: artificial teeth and crowns. 

Crowns are attached to the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. The artificial tooth is anchored between the crowns and slots into the open space. A bridge can complete your smile and prevent teeth from shifting into a gap. If teeth shift, it affects your oral health and your smile’s appearance.

What are the benefits of crowns and bridges?

Crowns and bridges offer several benefits, including:

  • Improved chewing and speaking abilities
  • Enhanced appearance of your smile
  • Protection for the health of surrounding teeth

They also prevent further damage to weakened teeth and help restore your overall oral health.

How long do crowns and bridges last? 

How long your crown or bridge lasts depends on factors like:

  • Wear-and-tear
  • Oral hygiene
  • Diet and lifestyle habits

With proper at-home hygiene and regular dental checkups, they can last 10-15 years. 

To learn more about how a crown or bridge could complete your smile, call Dental Associates of NJ or book an appointment online.