Crowns and Bridges in Colorado Springs, CO
When are Dental Crowns and Bridges Right For Me?
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What Are Dental Crowns and Bridges?
Both dental crowns and bridges are prosthetic appliances used to replace damaged or missing teeth respectively. A dental crown fits over the tooth, either covering it completely or capping it partially, whereas a bridge replaces a missing tooth and is anchored in place by dental crowns on either side.
In other words, a bridge is used to span gaps left by missing teeth, whereas a dental crown is primarily used to protect teeth that have been weakened by decay or damage.
Are They Right for Me?
Both crowns and bridges are used to restore damaged teeth. However, they are used in different ways. A dental crown is used when a person has a single damaged tooth. The crown fits over the entire tooth and is used to restore the tooth’s shape, size, and appearance.
On the other hand, a dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge, which is referred to as a “fixed bridge” because the prosthetic teeth are not removable, is anchored to the teeth on either side of the gap.
Both these restorations are quite simple and long-lasting.
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How Are They Made?
Crowns can be made from many different types of materials, including porcelain, gold, alloys, and composites. They are custom-made to fit your tooth perfectly. Some crowns are made in one piece, while other crowns are made in multiple pieces so that they can be attached to the tooth more easily.
Bridges are false teeth that take the place of missing teeth. They are sometimes used when a person is missing one or more teeth in a row. Bridges have crowns that are cemented onto teeth on each side of the space, and the artificial tooth attached to the crowns covers the gap. Both bridges and crowns are made of strong, durable ceramic material that will look and feel like your natural teeth. Since crowns and bridges are permanent restorations, they will last longer than dental fillings.
Crowns and bridges require two dental visits. During the first visit, we will prepare the tooth or teeth receiving treatment. In some cases, we will need to remove a small amount of the enamel to allow room for the crown or bridge.
Then, we will take an impression of your teeth. This impression will be sent to our dental lab where your custom crown or bridge will be fabricated. During your second visit, we will place the crown or bridge over your teeth and make any adjustments as needed. Both bridges and crowns will last for many years with proper care.
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Dr. Scott R. Hill
Dr. Scott Hill completed his bachelor’s degree at Utah State University and then received his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry in 2014. After serving as an associate dentist in Ohio, he then selected Colorado Springs as the right location to settle his family.
Dr. Gregory B. Moore
Upon graduation from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1985, Dr. Moore entered a one-year General Practice Residency at Fort Carson. The US Army then sent him to Stuttgart, Germany for four years. After leaving the Army in August of 1990, Dr. Moore purchased an existing practice in Colorado Springs, and has practiced here ever since.
Dr. Crystal Umphlett
Dr. Crystal Umphlett completed her Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2015. She returned to her hometown of Cody, WY and worked for her childhood dentist as an associate for 3 years. In 2018, she relocated to Santa Fe and continued working as an associate before finding her home in Colorado Springs in 2019.
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