Crowns & Bridges
A crown is used to cover a damaged tooth to provide structure, strength, and a natural appearance. Bridges are used to “bridge” a gap where two or more teeth are missing.
If you’ve ever needed a dental crown, you may be familiar with the old process. It included messy molds, temporary crowns, a long wait for the lab to create a new crown and bridge, and another appointment for placement. At Kimberly Dryden Pitts DDS, PC, we believe in making the process convenient, comfortable, and efficient for our patients. We use CEREC® and CAD/CAM technology to measure, mill, create, and place your permanent crown in a single visit.
Same-Day CEREC® Technology for Crowns
CEREC® (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) is the gold standard for producing same-day crowns. Using CAD/CAM digital technology rather than traditional, sticky molds, we take the measurements necessary to create your custom restoration. Our 3D imaging takes 18 pictures per second for the most accurate measurements available. Cutting-edge technology allows us to mill your permanent porcelain crown immediately so Dr. Pitts can place it during your appointment.
Missing teeth can wreak havoc in your mouth. The gap created by the loss of teeth must be filled. Left open, the teeth next to the area will drift into the space and cause bite problems, gum disease, and TMJ disorder. These, in turn, will cause other problems.
To prevent the drifting, Dr. Pitts may recommend a dental bridge. A bridge is customized for you in a lab. It is comprised of two or more artificial teeth, and Dr. Pitts will cement the bridge to the teeth adjacent to the gap. The bridge will provide form and function and prevent the adjacent teeth from moving.