Crowns & Bridges

Crowns & Bridges


We provide crowns and bridges for patients in Collinsville, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Granite City, Maryville & Troy, IL

Do you have gaps in your smile? Do damaged teeth leave you afraid to smile and show your personality? It’s time to fix your smile once and for all for a boost of confidence that you’ll be able to see. At 8 to 8 Dental, we provide crowns and bridges for patients that have partial or total loss of one or multiple teeth in their mouth. As a family practice, we understand the embarrassment of a broken smile, and we’re here to provide the dental solutions needed for a brighter smile and a more confident you. Read below for more details about crowns and bridges, or call our staff to schedule your appointment today!

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What is a crown?

A crown is basically a shell that fits over the top of a damaged tooth. These tooth-shaped shells are wafer thin and constructed of materials like porcelain and zirconia. These materials give the crown an authentic look and feel that you’ll have to see to believe. These can be used in a number of dental applications, and are used based on the best interest of the patient.

When do you use a crown?

There are a wide range of reasons that someone would need to have a crown put in. From oral injuries to tooth decay and other problems, we can use crowns as a means of doing the following things:

• Repair a damaged tooth
• Repair a decaying tooth
• Build up a worn down tooth
• Replace a tooth
• Protect a tooth that’s been weakened
• Enhance the appearance of a tooth

What are bridges?

Bridges are a dental device that is used to fill gaps in your mouth. While a crown would be used to repair or replace an individual tooth, a bridge is used to repair a gap of two or more teeth. A bridge consists of two crowns on either end and false teeth in the middle to ‘bridge’ the gap of missing teeth. False teeth may consist of porcelain, gold or other alloys.

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Types of dental bridges

Traditional Bridges – These involve creating individual crowns for the affected teeth and implants to fill the gap in between.
Cantilever Bridges – These are used to fix gaps on one side of the crown, usually towards the back of the mouth.
Maryland-Bonded Bridges – This type of bridge uses a resin to bond the bridge to the teeth on the opposite sides of the gap.

Bridges & Crowns: What to Expect

• First, you’ll consult with your dentist about options for filling missing teeth or large gaps in your smile.
• Next, you’ll make an appointment to have impressions taken of your teeth to ensure the accuracy of the model.
• Then, you’ll make an appointment for the procedure to be done.
• After the procedure, avoid chewing and eating until any oral anesthetic wears off.
• You may experience slight sensitivity to hot or cold items.