Crowns And Bridges Specialist

Northern Lights Dental Clinic

Dentistry located in North Pole, AK

Do you often feel uncomfortable smiling with chipped, decayed, or discolored teeth? If so, the expert team at Northern Lights Dental Clinic in North Pole, Alaska, has the skills and experience to transform your smile into one you’ll be proud to show off. The team uses custom-made dental crowns and bridges to repair cracked teeth, severe tooth discoloration, gaps in your smile, and more. Call Northern Lights Dental Clinic or book an appointment online to learn more.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What are dental crowns and bridges?

Unlike removable dentures, crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic appliances that repair tooth damage and cover up imperfections in your teeth. Once cemented into place, crowns and bridges are a natural addition to your smile.

How can dental crowns improve my smile?

A dental crown is a cap-shaped dental restoration typically made from porcelain, ceramic, metal alloys, gold, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The team recommends crowns to:

  • Cover and protect a cracked or broken tooth
  • Strengthen a weak tooth
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover extreme tooth discoloration
  • Change the shape or length of a tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Replace a large filling

Before creating your crown, the team files down your damaged tooth to make room for your new restoration. This helps the crown look as natural as possible once set. Next, your dentist takes an impression of your teeth to serve as a highly accurate model for your unique crown.permanent restoration.

At your next visit, the team removes your temporary crown and fits you with a permanent crown that is polished, glazed, and altered to look as natural as possible. 

How do dental bridges work?

A dental bridge bridges the gap left behind by a missing tooth. They can be made out of a number of high-quality materials, including gold, alloys, or porcelain. There are three main types of bridges to consider before you and the Northern Lights Dental Clinic team choose the right option for you:

Traditional bridge

Traditional bridges use the teeth surrounding the gap left behind by your missing tooth to support your new artificial tooth. The team fits these anchoring teeth, called abutments, with dental crowns before placing an artificial tooth or teeth, called pontics, in the center. If you do not have healthy anchoring teeth, the team may recommend root canal therapy or dental implants prior to the procedure.

Cantilever bridge

A cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, but instead of securing the pontic with two abutment teeth, the team uses one anchoring tooth to support it.

The experienced team at Northern Lights Dental Clinic has the skills and dental technology to place your new dental crown or bridge. Call or book an appointment online to learn more.