Bridges and Crowns

The Dentists to Choose for Bridges & Crowns in Randolph, NJ

Picture of a dental bridge against a blue background.If you need a dental bridge or crown in Randolph, New Jersey, or the surrounding area, you can confidently entrust your care to the professionals at Charmoy Dental Associates. As an award-winning local dental practice, we use state-of-the-art technologies and always follow the highest standards of care.

What Is a Dental Crown? Bridges and Crowns

A dental crown (also known as a “dental cap”) is a cover that’s cemented in place over a damaged tooth, with the goals of restoring the tooth’s shape, protecting the remaining portion of the tooth, and helping the patient avoid an extraction. Crowns are often made from ceramic, metal, porcelain, or resin.

There are numerous reasons why someone may require a dental crown. For example, a crown might be installed over a tooth that is:

  • Decayed
  • Cracked
  • Broken
  • Worn down
  • Misshapen
  • Discolored

A dentist may also recommend a crown to cover a tooth that’s undergone a large filling or a root canal.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a row of artificial teeth that’s inserted into the space where one or more natural teeth were removed. Each end of the bridge typically includes a dental crown—these crowns are placed over the existing teeth on either side of the gap, and those capped teeth then serve as anchors for the bridge.

In some cases—for example, where a patient has teeth on only one side of the gap—the bridge will attach to only one anchor tooth (this is known as a “cantilever bridge”). Or, if the patient has teeth missing at the front of their mouth, the dentist may use wings to connect the bridge to the anchor teeth on each side (this is referred to as a “Maryland bridge”).

Even if you’re not currently experiencing any difficulties due to a missing tooth (or teeth), it’s important to fill the leftover space. Over time, the remaining teeth on either side of the gap may gradually move into the space, and even the teeth on the opposite jaw can begin moving upward or downward into the space. Not only can this affect your smile’s appearance, but it can also cause pain, bite issues, and difficulty chewing.

Crowns vs. Bridges vs. Implants

As was explained above, a dental crown is placed over a damaged tooth, while a dental bridge takes the place of one or more missing teeth. It’s important to distinguish crowns and bridges—both of which sit on top of existing teeth—from dental implants, which are secured into the patient’s jawbone.

Request an Appointment

If you need a dental bridge or crown, contact Charmoy Dental Associates today and ask to schedule an appointment at our Randolph, NJ, office, which you’ll find at 924 NJ-10 West. We want to make this process as easy as possible for our patients, so we offer appointments during extended hours and accept most dental insurances. We look forward to helping you with your general or cosmetic dentistry needs.