Crowns And Bridges

A Center For Dental Excellence

Cosmetic Dentists & Dentists located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY & Oakwood, Staten Island, NY

Dr. Venterina uses modern dental technologies to install high quality crowns and bridges to her patients at the Brooklyn and Staten Island offices of the Center for Dental Excellence.

Crowns & Bridges Q&A

What is a crown?

Dental crowns are dental installations that covers an entire tooth. They are usually made of ceramic or porcelain and can be used to improve a variety dental issues. Common uses for crowns are to restore decayed teeth and to cover metal amalgam fillings with natural looking materials, matching the surrounding teeth. Crowns can also be used to protect teeth weakened by root canal therapy or act as anchors for dental bridges.

What is a bridge?

A bridge is a Pontic, also called a false tooth or teeth, which is installed to “bridge”, a gap between teeth.  The Pontic is secured between crowns installed on the teeth on either side of the gap. Common materials for bridge and crown construction include porcelain, gold, alloys or combinations of these materials. There are three kinds of bridges. Traditional bridges have crown anchors on two sides of a gap. Cantilever bridges only have an anchor on one side. Maryland bonded bridges consist of plastic teeth and gums and are supported by a metal framework.

What should I expect during installation?

You will need to make two or three visits to the dentist for the full installation of bridges and/or crowns. The first visit usually involves an exam and discussion of the best option to meet your needs. A mold will be made of the area to be treated. At the second visit, the dentist will prepare your teeth for the installation with a thorough cleansing, polishing and removal of tooth enamel. A temporary cover will be fitted if the installations have not been completed. During your final visit, your dentist will fit and adjust your crowns and bridges to your teeth to ensure a proper fit. Then you will go home with an improved smile.

Rest assured, we are participating providers with most dental plans, including coverage through the Affordable Care Act or 'Obamacare'. We strongly recommend you list your insurance information to minimize your wait time in the office. If you are unable to distinguish your insurance, please contact us on (718) 232 8289 or (718) 980 9555 and we will assist you in the insurance process in order to expedite your care in our office.

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