Crowns and Bridges in St. Thomas, USVI
Dental crowns and bridges are designed to restore the appearance and the chewing function of your teeth. A dental crown is a cover that is placed over your natural tooth structure to correct a multitude of dental issues, such as broken, cracked, or severely decayed teeth. Crowns may also be placed after root canals and dental implants.
A bridge is a dental prosthetic that is made up of crown units and is utilized to replace missing teeth. Dr. Trevor Connor, our cosmetic dentist in St. Thomas, offers both dental crowns and bridges and is available for a consultation if you wish to learn more.
Dental Crowns Placed by a Cosmetic Dentist in St. Thomas
On your first visit, Dr. Connor will administer an anesthetic to ensure your comfort and then begin to reshape your tooth to accommodate the crown. An impression will be made of your tooth structure, which will be used to design your permanent dental crown. A temporary is worn in the interim. Your next visit for the final fitting and bonding of your crown can be scheduled roughly three weeks later.
Dental Bridges Placed by a Cosmetic Dentist in St. Thomas
A bridge is a dental prosthetic that is comprised of three crown units. The center crown spans the space of your missing tooth while the two end units are bonded to your natural teeth to anchor the unit in place.
The procedure is performed similar to placement for crowns. However, in this case, the two teeth surrounding the space left by the missing tooth would be reshaped to accommodate the crowns of the dental bridge. An impression would be taken of the area from which to design your permanent dental bridge. A temporary may be worn in the three weeks that are required to custom make your permanent bridge. At your final visit, Dr. Connor can bond the crown units of the bridge to your natural teeth, giving you a solid, stable hold for chewing.