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Procedure for the placement of crowns and bridges

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Young Lady Smiling 2, Pure Gold Dental Dr. Terry Vines of Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry provides new and current patients with a wide range of restorative solutions. Two of the most common treatments available through our practice are dental crowns and bridges. Crowns and bridges are porcelain restorations that are used in many situations. Bridges are primarily used for replacing missing teeth, while crowns can be used in the same manner. Crowns are also used to hide cosmetic imperfections and strengthen weakened teeth as well. Both are used at the practice of Dr. Terry Vines for patients who need restorative options for their smile.

The procedure for the placement of crowns and bridges is similar, as bridges utilize crowns on each side for bonding onto the adjacent teeth. We can educate patients on the process to help familiarize them with the procedure.

The process starts with preparation. Patients must have their natural teeth prepared for the placement of the dental crown. Since a dental crown adds thickness to a tooth, some of the enamel of the natural tooth must be filed down to ensure the new crown does not add unnecessary bulk. This is done during preparation, after which Dr. Terry Vines takes impressions. These impressions, or molds, are used for the fabrication of the new restoration. They are sent to a dental laboratory where a ceramist creates the new crowns and bridges for placement within the smile. While new restorations are being made, patients are fitted with a temporary crown or bridge for a few weeks.

When the final product arrives from the ceramist, patients then return to the dental practice for their final placement. Dr. Terry Vines will remove the temporary restorations, replace them with the permanent pieces, and bond them in place. Patients will leave the dental office after this second appointment with their brand new smile!

Patients who want to learn more about dental crowns and bridges are welcome to contact Dr. Terry Vines of Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry today to book a consultation appointment and evaluation. Our team can help patients decide which restorations are best for their smiles.

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