Crowns and Bridges

Bridges

Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.

Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. There are several types of fixed dental bridges (cannot be removed), including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges.  Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, your dentist can only remove a fixed bridge.  .

Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances.

Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.

Crowns

Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.

Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.

Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.

Procedures

A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression is then made from the existing tooth to create a custom-designed crown.  The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.

Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.

Caring For Your Crowns

With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.

Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.

Our Location

West Fullerton Avenue, Beat 2515, Belmont Cragin, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, 60647, United States of America

Hours of Operation

Our Regular Schedule

Primary Location

Monday:

12:00 pm-8:00 pm

Tuesday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Wednesday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Thursday:

9:00 am-6:00 pm

Friday:

9:00 am-2:00 pm

Saturday:

9:00 am-2:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonials

What Our Clients Say About Us

  • "This dental practice has it all, from great customer service to top of the line technology, I’ve been going to them for years, I had a tooth ache over the weekend, called Monday to set an appointment and they were able to accommodate me first thing in the morning the next day, Dr Guzman and all her staff and amazingly friendly and explain you every step of the process they are about to perform. Definitely recommend it to family and friends."
    Uriel N.
  • "Staff was always extremely friendly and helpful with questions. Dentist explained every step of every visit. Highly recommended."
    Rudy G.
  • "Sam and Dr.Fidel are wonderful! I enjoy going to get my teeth cleaned. The office is clean and newly renovated. They make the experience very comfortable."
    Lauren H.
  • "I originally had an appointment at another dentist office this morning, but due to snow and traffic they cancelled my appointment so called around to different offices for a Saturday appointment. Initially I was told that I could only have a ortho consult for Invisalign done today but somehow the amazing team here was able to fit me in for a cleaning, x-rays and take care of all of my dental needs and questions in the same day at the last minute. Thanks for taking great care of me today!"
    Jeremiah B.
  • "Alma is the best! She is everything I was looking for...very knowledgeable, patient and caring! Dr. Guzman was amazing. All staff members are very professional, to say the least. I am extremely satisfied with my new dental office. :)"
    Rocio C.
  • "There is no better dentist than Dr Guzman. The staff and everyone at A Brush Above is always amazing, kind and helpful. Samantha is the best hygienist I've ever gone to. I love going to the dentist, because of A Brush Above!!! Highly recommended!"
    Laura P.