Crowns and Bridges
Fixing Damaged & Missing Teeth so They Look Like New
Crowns and bridges are durable, natural-looking restorations for damaged and missing teeth.
At our practice in Malone, NY, Dr. Kevin Poupore provides crowns and bridges that feature state-of-the-art materials.
These restorations will keep you looking your best while you maintain optimal oral health.
Thanks to our outstanding care, Dr. Poupore has patients who visit us from all over the area, including people from Potsdam, Massena, Chateaugay, Norwood, Norfolk, and Akwesasne.
Crowns and Bridges:
Questions & Answers
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown is a ceramic cap that Dr. Poupore uses to protect and restore a tooth that’s severely damaged by decay or physical trauma. Crowns are very versatile and they have many applications, including:
- Hiding deep discoloration that can’t be treated with professional whitening
- Protecting and strengthening teeth after a root canal procedure
- Protecting the teeth that are used to anchor a dental bridge
- Restoring extensive damage caused by decay, fractures, or other issues
- Helping uneven or poorly shaped teeth appear more uniform and attractive
How is a crown applied?
It takes two office visits for Dr. Poupore to restore a tooth using a dental crown. During your first visit, a small portion of the tooth’s surface material will be removed to make room so the restoration will fit comfortably.
We’ll also create an impression of the affected tooth and send this information to our dental lab so they can make your crown. Then Dr. Poupore will attach a temporary crown to protect the tooth.
At your second visit, the temporary crown will be removed and the tooth will be carefully cleaned. Then the crown will be applied using a strong dental adhesive. Your crown will be tinted to match neighboring teeth, so it blends in beautifully with your smile.
What is a bridge?
A dental bridge is a prosthetic device used to replace one or more missing teeth, spanning or “bridging” the gap left by the missing teeth. A bridge consists of a strong metal framework that supports one or more prosthetic teeth called pontics.
Dr. Poupore uses special clips to attach the bridge to the teeth on either side of the gap. These supporting teeth are protected with durable crowns to prevent them from becoming damaged by the pressure of the clips and the bridge itself.
How is a bridge applied?
Bridges typically require two office visits. During the first visit, the teeth used to support the bridge will be prepared for crowns and an impression will be made of the entire area.
The impression will be sent to our dental lab where they’ll use state-of-the-art materials and techniques to craft a bridge that’s made just for you. Then temporary crowns will be placed on the teeth to protect them.
At your second appointment, the permanent crowns will be applied and the bridge will be adjusted for a comfortable fit.
How long do crowns and bridges last?
Crowns and bridges can last more than 15 years, depending on how you care for them. As long as you brush twice a day, floss after meals, and visit Dr. Poupore for routine checkups, your restoration will last for many years to come.