Crowns And Bridges

Goodman Dental Center

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Queen Creek, AZ

Restore your smile’s look and function with dental bridges and crowns. Expertly offered by Brian Goodman, DDS, and Tanner Goodman, DMD, at Goodman Dental Center in Queen Creek, Arizona, bridges and crowns restore cracked, chipped, or other tooth flaws as well as fill in gaps in a smile. To see if a crown or bridge is the right restoration for you, call the office, or schedule an appointment online.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What is a dental crown? 

Crows are caps, or prosthetic teeth, that fit on top of a damaged or weakened tooth. Crowns may also be affixed to dental implants. They improve tooth function and appearance.

You might benefit from a crown to:

  • Protect a chipped or cracked tooth from fracture

  • Replace a filling

  • Cover a metal implant

  • Protect a tooth after it’s undergone a root canal

  • Restore the look of a permanently discolored tooth

The dentists at Goodman Dental Center use state-of-the-art CAD/CAM capability through CEREC.

How do CEREC crowns work?

The CEREC system is comprised of a high-powered camera, computer-aided design tool, and an in-house unit that manufactures the crown itself. Your dentist uses the camera to create a digital image of your teeth, and the computer designs a custom crown that matches your mouth in shape, color, and size.

The computer-made design is transferred electronically to the milling unit, which creates the crown while you wait. CEREC crowns are of the highest quality and contain no metal. 

The doctor cements your crown immediately and adjusts your bite – you get your restoration the same day. CEREC means you don’t need to make multiple visits. The entire session lasts about one and a half to two hours.

What is a dental bridge? 

A dental bridge is a set of one or more prosthetic teeth. The bridge is used to fill in gaps in your smile. A bridge is fixed in your mouth and improves your smile. They also prevent the harmful shifting of neighboring teeth into gaps and allow for optimal chewing, digesting, and speaking. 

Similar to crowns, bridges are made with the CEREC system. You don’t have to endure messy foam impressions and a multi-day wait time for a lab to fabricate your restoration. Your bridge can be ready to apply in one visit.

How are crowns and bridges placed? 

With crowns, the doctors use a strong adhesive or biocompatible cement to adhere the appliances onto your affected teeth. With a bridge, the doctor first places crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap in your mouth. Then, the bridge is bonded to the crowns.

With both crowns and bridges, it may be necessary to slightly file down the size of your teeth with special dental tools to be able to make room for the appliances. 

If you’re in need of a crown or a bridge, contact Goodman Dental Center for expert, expedient application. Call today, or book an appointment online.