Dental Crowns and Bridges in New Jersey
Serving Patients in Totowa and Surrounding Communities
Two of Dr. Jerry Strauss’s most commonly used dental restorations at Aesthetic Dental Care are crowns and bridges. These fixed prosthetics are cemented onto existing teeth or dental implant posts to recreate the form and function of natural, healthy teeth.
Dr. Strauss uses only the finest crowns and bridges for beautiful, long-lasting results. He carefully plans out the restorations to blend in with the surrounding natural teeth for a flawless finish. With the proper care and attention, crowns and bridges can last for many years.
Sometimes referred to as caps, dental crowns are tooth-colored “jackets” that slide comfortably and tightly over injured, damaged, discolored or cracked teeth. Dental crowns provide added strength and improve the overall health of your teeth while making your smile look more uniform and attractive.
Do I Need a Dental Crown?
Crowns are used to accomplish the following:
- Protect a weak or worn tooth
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Anchor a dental bridge
- Replace a large filling
- Cover a tooth that has had a root canal
- Mount a dental implant post
- Conceal a stained or discolored tooth
- Create uniformity among abnormally shaped teeth
Traditional Crowns vs. CEREC Crowns
Traditionally, dental crowns were made off-site at a lab from a mold taken during the first dental appointment. This required patients to return after a few weeks for a second visit in order to have the newly made crown placed on the tooth. Thanks to Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics (CEREC®), this is no longer the case. We are proud to offer CEREC® dental crowns at Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey. Instead of having to send the impression to a lab, the CEREC® dental crowns are designed and created at our Fairfield, Essex County dental practice and can be placed immediately.
Creation of CEREC® Dental Crowns
If a patient needs a dental crown, LVI dentist Jerry Strauss will remove part of the tooth’s natural structure and take an impression of the patient’s teeth. Using the CEREC® 3D software, the impression of the tooth is used as a guide by the CEREC® computerized system. The system then mills the customized dental crown from a block of porcelain selected to match the natural shade of the patient’s teeth. The durable, new CEREC® dental crown is then affixed to the tooth, acting as its new outer layer.
Advantages of CEREC® Dental Crowns
There are numerous advantages to the CEREC® dental crowns used at Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey. Some of the highlights of CEREC® crowns include:
- Time Saving: CEREC® dental crowns are made while patients wait in the spa-like atmosphere of our Fairfield location. There is no need for a second trip to our cosmetic dentist office.
- Comfort: There is no need for an uncomfortable temporary crown when using one-visit CEREC® crowns.
- Esthetics/Appearance: The CEREC® dental crowns used at our Essex County location are made from strong, natural-looking porcelain, with no metal used in their composition.
- Money Saving: Even though CEREC® dental crowns are a larger initial investment than traditional crowns, overall they can save money, eliminating the costs of a second visit and lab fees.
- Durability: With proper dental hygiene, CEREC® dental crowns can last up to 40 years.
Bridges are an excellent option for people that have lost one or more teeth. They perfect smiles by actually bridging the gaps left behind by missing teeth, filling the spaces with natural-looking, durable and comfortable artificial teeth. Bridges, which can remain in place indefinitely with proper care, help eliminate strain when biting down, correct speech impaired by missing teeth and make chewing much easier and more convenient.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are several different types of bridges that Dr. Strauss can use. The bridge that is best for you depends on where in the mouth it needs to be placed as well as certain aesthetic and functional considerations. Bridges come in different materials, too.
Traditional bridges are constructed from one or more artificial teeth, fused to two or more dental crowns. The crowns are cemented to the natural teeth surrounding the gap to serve as anchors, and the artificial tooth or teeth fit into the gap itself.
Cantilever bridges are attached to the natural remaining teeth on only one side of the gap.
Maryland bridges are composed of an artificial tooth with metal wings that attach to the backs of the surrounding natural teeth.
Dental Bridge Design and Placement
Dr. Strauss first examines the affected area, determines that a dental bridge is the most suitable replacement and recommends the best type of bridge. He takes photographs, impressions and other records of the mouth to help him plan out and design the dental bridge. This information is used to create a mold of the planned restoration. The entire bridge should be matched to the color and shape of the natural existing teeth. Dr. Strauss prepares the existing teeth by removing a small bit of tooth structure to make room for the crowns.
Once the entire bridge has been constructed, it is placed in the mouth. The crowns are affixed to the teeth surrounding the gap, and the artificial tooth is inserted into the gap. Dr. Strauss checks the fit of the bridge and the bite, and makes any last-minute modifications if needed. He bonds it into place with a strong dental adhesive.
Getting CEREC® Dental Crowns or Bridges at Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey
If you would like more information about dental bridges or CEREC® dental crowns, contact New Jersey cosmetic dentist Jerry Strauss today. You can also schedule an appointment for the CEREC® dental crown procedure or bridge placement at our Fairfield, Essex County dental practice.