Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns are custom made restorations used to reinforce the structural integrity of damaged teeth. A common restoration, crowns protect all sides and surfaces of a tooth above the gums. Bridges, a prosthetic made from a series of connected crowns – are used to replace the biting surfaces of missing teeth. Since crowns and bridges must be made to perfect measurements, the process to make them can take a few weeks. Dr. Golab is a skilled general dentist with experience placing a variety of restorations.

 

DENTAL CROWNS

Dental crowns, sometimes called “caps”, are a hollowed, tooth-shaped restoration. These restorations can be constructed from metals like gold or natural-looking materials like porcelain. A crown is made to fit over the biting surfaces and all the sides of a diseased or injured tooth. This type of restoration might be recommended for patients with extreme tooth wear, cracked or chipped teeth, teeth with failing restorations, and extensive decay.

 

BRIDGES

While a bridge is made of a series of dental crowns, it is technically used as a prosthetic. Bridges are used to replace missing consecutive teeth by connecting to existing teeth and by providing a replacement for the biting surfaces of teeth. The amount of teeth that can be replaced by a bridge depends on the type of teeth being replaced and their location.

Our practice is here to help you enjoy vibrant oral health for a lifetime. If you are in need of a checkup, restoration, or second opinion, give our office a call at your convenience.

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Common Crown and Bridge Questions

What is a bridge for your teeth?

A bridge is a prosthetic made up of restorations called dental crowns. Bridges are used to “bridge the gap” between missing teeth and biological teeth. Made from a series of connected crowns, a bridge can replace several teeth in a row. When it comes to tooth loss, a bridge is helpful for those who have most of their natural teeth since bridges fill in the gaps of a smile to improve appearance as well as provide sturdy biting surfaces for increased oral function. A bridge, like other restorations and prosthetics, can be made from a few different kinds of materials, including metals like gold or porcelain.

How long does it take to place a dental crown?

A permanent crown does take time to manufacture. This is because permanent dental crowns are custom made for the needs and unique anatomy of each patient. Dental crowns cover all surfaces and sides of a tooth above the gum line. A crown must be custom made so that it fits over a damaged tooth properly and in between neighboring teeth.

Before the creation of one’s restoration begins, our dentist will need to perform an examination, take diagnostic images and photos, and create impressions (molds of one’s teeth). Images and molds are integral to determining the specifications for a crown, which are very precise. Once these measurements are determined and the material(s) are chosen for the restoration, laboratory technicians will initiate the process of creating a custom restoration.

Since dental crowns are extensive restorations that are custom made to the needs of the individual, their fabrication does take some time – normally a few weeks. After the completed restoration is sent to our office, patients will return for the bonding process. Bonding a crown does not take long as this process can be completed in one visit to our office. After the crown is bonded, patients can enjoy a restoration that will protect biological tooth structure and last for years to come.

How much does it cost to have a crown put on a tooth?

The cost of having a dental crown placed on a tooth can vary. There are some factors that can affect the cost of receiving a crown. One factor is restorations like crowns can come from a number of materials including gold, silver, zirconium, all porcelain, and porcelain fused to metal. Some materials are more expensive to use than others. Another factor that affects the cost of treatment centers on the type of tooth being treated. The location of the tooth and its type can translate into increased costs as well. The best way to find out about treatment costs is to schedule a consultation with us. After we provide treatment recommendations, our team can give estimates.

How much is a dental bridge?

Like a crown, the cost of a dental bridge can vary, too. Bridges consist of a series of connected custom crowns used to replace missing teeth. A bridge must be made to exact measurements because it must fill in the gaps of a smile, connect to existing teeth, and provide stable biting surfaces to increase oral function. The cost of customization is reflected in the price of a dental bridge. When it comes to costs, it’s important to bear in mind that bridges are made from different materials and some materials are more expensive than others.

For estimates, we recommend speaking with our front desk personnel after your consultation.

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Meet Dr. Golab

Dr. Jonathan Golab graduated from the University of Toronto in 1987. His first degree was in Physiology, the other in Pharmacology. He then went on to complete his dental studies at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry in 1990.

Currently, Dr. Golab is a Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, seeking his accreditation, held by only 258 dentists in the world. Dr. Golab seeks to complete his fellowship in the American Academy of General Dentistry, an honor shared by only 1% of dentists worldwide. Dr. Golab also is seeking his fellowship in the Academy of Contemporary Esthetics, a distinct honor among cosmetic dentists.

AN AWARD WINNING DENTIST

Dr. Golab is the recipient of multiple awards due to his standards of excellence in patient care. Most recently, he has been named The Best Family Dentist and The Best Cosmetic Dentist by the readers of Living Magazine. He has also been recognized as the Best Cosmetic Dentist in the region by News Connection. From 2005 to 2011, he was named Best Dentist-Denton County by readers of the Flower Mound Leader, and received the Reader’s Choice Award for Best Dentist and Best Cosmetic Dentist of Denton County in 2012 and 2013.

Jonathan J. Golab, DDS, PA