& Bridges

A crown is a form of dental restoration that fully caps over and protects a root canal treatment or dental implant. Crowns are a material applied to the tooth after a root canal treatment to protect the restored damaged tooth. A crown acts to prevent a tooth from further damage by supplying support to the tooth.

Crowns are generally used for restoration purposes, but are also used in aesthetic procedures where a veneer is not suitable. Cosmetically, a crown can be used to supply support to a tooth’s structure and improve the overall bite in the patient.

A bridge is a form of dental restoration where a bridge is needed to supply additional support to the teeth or implants. Traditionally made out of porcelain and metal, or porcelain, bridges are used similar to crowns to restore areas of the mouth that are in need of support where teeth have been removed. A bridge can be anchored to existing teeth in the area where the bridge is required. Or anchored to an implant where required. The dentist will recommend the best treatment required when accessing the condition of oral health and history.

CEREC is an innovative technology that has revolutionized the dental restoration process. It allows us to create dental crowns and other restorations in-office and complete treatment in a single dental visit.

Here’s how the CEREC crown process typically works:

  1. Digital Impression: Instead of using traditional molds or impressions, CEREC utilizes a digital scanner to create a 3D image of the tooth and the surrounding area.
  2. Computer-Aided Design (CAD): The dentist uses specialized software to design the restoration based on the digital impression. The software allows for precise customization of the restoration to fit the patient’s tooth.
  3. Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM): Once the design is complete, the CEREC system mills the restoration from a block of ceramic material. This milling process is computer-controlled and takes place right in the dental office.
  4. Placement: After the restoration is milled, it is ready for placement. The dentist checks the fit and appearance of the restoration, makes any necessary adjustments, and then bonds it to the prepared tooth.
  5. Post-op care: CEREC restorations require no special care beyond regular oral hygiene practices. Maintain a proper oral care routine, including brushing, flossing, and regular dental check-ups.

The key advantage of CEREC crowns is the convenience of completing the entire process, from digital impression to final restoration, in a single dental visit. This eliminates the need for temporary crowns and a second appointment, streamlining the treatment process for the patient.

CEREC crowns are known for their esthetic qualities, as they are made from high-quality ceramic materials that closely resemble natural tooth enamel. Additionally, the CAD/CAM technology allows for precise and custom design, ensuring a comfortable fit and optimal function.

While CEREC crowns offer many advantages, they may not be suitable for all cases. The choice between traditional crowns and CEREC crowns depends on factors such as the specific clinical situation, and the patient’s preferences. CEREC technology has transformed the way dental restorations are performed, and we are proud to offer a streamlined, efficient, and patient-friendly experience.

Crown and bridge

A dental crown and bridge are restorative dental treatments used to restore or replace damaged or missing teeth. They are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or dental implants and cannot be removed by the patient.

  1. Dental Crown (Cap):

   – Purpose: A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a damaged or weakened tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and appearance.

   – Material: Crowns can be made from various materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, and a combination of materials. The choice of material depends on factors such as the location of the tooth, cosmetic considerations, and the patient’s preferences.

   – Placement: Dental crowns are often used in the following situations:

      – To protect a tooth after a root canal treatment.

      – To restore a broken or severely damaged tooth.

      – To cover a tooth with a large filling.

      – To improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth.

   – Process: The dentist prepares the tooth by removing a portion of the enamel to accommodate the crown. We use CEREC technology which can make in few hours.. The crown is then cemented onto the prepared tooth.  This way you can save your time and money.


  1. Dental Bridge:

   – Purpose: A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between adjacent natural teeth or dental implants.

   – Components: A dental bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) attached to dental crowns on either side, which serve as anchors and are cemented onto natural teeth or dental implants.

   – Types of Bridges:

      – Traditional Bridge: Involves creating crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and attaching the pontic(s) between them.

      – Cantilever Bridge: Used when there is only one adjacent tooth available for support.

      – Maryland Bridge (Resin-Bonded Bridge): Involves using metal or porcelain wings bonded to adjacent teeth without the need for crowns.

   – Process: The procedure for getting a dental bridge typically involves two or more dental visits. During the first visit, the anchor teeth are prepared, and impressions are taken. A temporary bridge may be placed. In the second visit, the custom bridge is cemented into place.


Dental crowns and bridges are effective solutions for restoring function and aesthetics to the smile. They provide stability to damaged or missing teeth, enhance oral health, and improve the overall appearance of the teeth and smile. The choice between a crown and a bridge depends on the specific dental condition and treatment goals.

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