Alfredo Alexander, DMD
Restorative & Cosmetic Dentist located in Philadelphia, PA
Dental crowns and bridges are among the most common restorative treatments performed by Alfredo Alexander, DMD, at his self-titled practice. Many residents of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are so pleased with the look and feel of their crowns and bridges they introduce friends and family to the practice. Booking an initial visit at Alfredo Alexander DMD takes just moments online or by phone, and the practice is currently accepting new patients.
Crowns and Bridges Q & A
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are artificial “caps” that cover all visible portions of a tooth. They are a versatile restorative treatment that can address numerous concerns.
Some of the reasons you might choose to have a dental crown include:
- To protect a tooth weakened by advanced decay
- To protect a worn down tooth
- To strengthen a chipped or cracked tooth
- To enhance the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
- To complete a root canal
- To anchor a dental bridge
Dental crowns are also used to complete dental implants and serve as the visible portion of the implant.
What’s the process for getting a dental crown?
Getting a dental crown is a simple and straightforward process and is not at all painful. If you and Dr. Alexander decide that a dental crown is the right treatment for your needs, you’ll receive numbing medication to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the process.
Dr. Alexander removes a portion of your natural tooth tissue to make room for the crown. A set of impressions are made to provide the dental lab with the exact specifications of your tooth and the adjacent teeth. That guides the fabrication process and ensures you’ll receive a crown that fits in perfectly with the rest of your teeth.
A temporary crown is placed until the permanent version is ready. You’ll return to have your new crown checked for fit before Dr. Alexander cements it into place, completing the restoration. The practice also offers same-day dental crowns, so be sure to ask if that approach is right for you.
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is an option for replacing one or more missing teeth. A bridge consists of one or more false teeth anchored on either side by a dental crown. Once in place, dental bridges are durable and natural-looking.
While partial dentures can replace multiple missing teeth, they’ll need to be removed for cleaning. With a dental bridge, the artificial teeth remain in place, giving you a strong and stable smile that’s easy to clean with normal brushing and flossing.
The process for getting a dental bridge is the same as for a crown, only you’ll have two crowns placed instead of one. The gap in your smile is filled once the treatment is complete. With proper care, you can expect to get up to 15 years of wear from a dental crown or bridge.
If you’d like more information about these or any other restoration options, call Alfredo Alexander DMD to book a consultation or schedule using the online booking page.