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Crowns and Dental Bridges

Crowns and bridges often serve double duty. By replacing missing teeth with natural looking materials, they can enhance your smile and even your speech. For good dental health, crowns and bridges can:

  • Restore and maintain a natural bite. 
  • Prevent shifting and tilting of nearby teeth. 
  • Help ward off dental decay and periodontal disease. 
  • Prevent over-stressing of your remaining teeth.


A crown is a precision crafted restoration for a damaged tooth, or often for a tooth that has been saved by a root canal. Crowns are strong, durable, and they cover and protect the damaged tooth.

  • Porcelain crowns offer the life-like translucency of natural teeth.
  • Cast post & core crowns strengthen a severely broken down tooth and replace missing portions with a natural looking result.
  • Gold crowns are gentle on opposing teeth when you chew, as well as very strong and durable.  And, of course, they’re gold!

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a custom tooth replacement anchored to neighboring teeth. Bridges require the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to be crowned and used as the supports to hold the replacement.

Modern all-porcelain bridges offer the look and translucency of natural teeth, creating a beautiful smile. Dental bridges assist in clear speech, better chewing ability and help prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. Because crowns and dental bridges are precision made in a dental laboratory, two or more appointments may be needed to complete your procedure. Contact Scott A. Hudimac, DDS today for more information on crowns and dental bridges.