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Dental Crowns And Bridges – Wakefield, MA

A Fantastic Solution For Missing or Damaged Teeth

Have one or more missing teeth altered your smile’s health and beauty? Or do you have a tooth that's severely damaged from a cavity or large chip? As a board-certified prosthodontist, Dr. Schumacher has the expertise to replace a missing tooth with a crown and bridge prosthetic, or repair a damaged tooth with a single dental crown. Regardless of your specific needs, we'll create a personalized treatment plan to beautifully restore your smile and improve your oral health for many years to come. If you think you could benefit from a dental crown or bridge, give us a call today to schedule a consultation.

What Are Dental Crowns?

3D image of a crown being put on a tooth

A dental crown is a custom-made dental restoration that fits snugly over a tooth. Sometimes called a "cap," it restores the strength, function, and appearance of a healthy smile. Traditionally, dental crowns required two visits, spaced a couple of weeks apart. But, at Schumacher Dental, we use CEREC one-visit technology that allows us to custom-craft your new crown in our office while you wait. Made out of strong, beautiful ceramic that's perfectly matched to your existing tooth color, these crowns are not only durable but also look very natural.  

What Is a Dental Bridge?

Digital image of a dental bridge

A crown and bridge (also known as a fixed bridge) is a prosthetic that permanently replaces a single missing tooth by using the healthy teeth on either side for support. After putting dental crowns (called abutment crowns) on these two teeth, they're fused to a "floating" dental crown in the middle that bridges the gap. The abutment crowns stabilize the prosthetic for greater strength and functionality.

In addition to replacing a missing tooth, a dental bridge also preserves the natural alignment of your remaining teeth. A missing tooth can lead to several problems with the surrounding teeth as they shift out of alignment over time. First, it gives bacteria and plaque a place to hide, which increases the risk of cavities and gum problems. It can also cause TMJ pain and dysfunction and uneven wear on your teeth.

A full crown and bridge procedure is completed in just two visits. In the first, your abutment teeth are prepared and a temporary restoration is attached. When your permanent restoration has been completed, you’ll return to our Wakefield dental office to have your temporary removed and your permanent crown and bridge cemented into place.

The Benefits of Dental Crowns and Bridges

Smiling woman in the dental chair

Having a full set of teeth is the foundation of good oral health, and each tooth works together to help you eat, speak, and smile comfortably. After a tooth has been damaged by a cavity, fracture, or trauma, dental crowns and bridges restore your smile's function. These restorations also prevent noticeable gaps that would otherwise affect your self-confidence and appearance. In addition, dental crowns and bridges are strong and can be expected to last 10-15 years or more with regular checkups and good brushing and flossing habits.

Do I Need a Crown or Bridge?

During your exam with Dr. Schumacher, he'll closely evaluate the extent of any damage to your teeth before making a recommendation. In some cases, much of the natural tooth structure is still there and the tooth simply needs to be "reinforced" with a dental crown. In others, the damage is more severe and the tooth can't be saved. In those situations, we'll discuss your replacement options, including a crown and bridge prosthetic, and talk about the pros and cons of each choice to help you make the best decision.