Crowns And Bridges

Chicago Dental Esthetics

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Skokie, IL

A seriously damaged or missing tooth doesn’t have to compromise your smile. Samantha Rabor, DDS, and the team at Chicago Dental Esthetics offer both crowns and bridges at their office in Skokie, Illinois. With these treatments, you’ll get a full set of strong, beautiful teeth. If you want to learn more about what crowns and bridges can do for you, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Crowns and Bridges

What are crowns?

Dr. Rabor uses crowns to protect teeth that have been severely damaged, either during an accident or as a result of decay. When a filling isn’t enough to repair the truth, a crown can offer a natural-looking tooth and a sturdy chewing surface. 

The crown goes over the top of your tooth like a cap. Dr. Rabor shapes and colors it so it looks just like your natural tooth. She removes a portion of your natural tooth to make space for the crown to sit flush with your surrounding teeth, then bonds the crown onto the tooth. Once it’s in place, it feels and functions just like any other tooth in your mouth. 

Dr. Rabor uses the crown to save your tooth. After she removes the damaged portion of your tooth, the crown protects the remaining tooth so you don’t have to worry about a gap in your smile or getting a replacement tooth. 

What are bridges?

Bridges are replacement teeth that use crowns or a metal framework to stay affixed in your mouth. Unlike dentures, you can eat, drink, and talk without having to worry that your bridge will move around in your mouth because it’s bonded in place. 

What kind of bridges are available?

Dr. Rabor offers three kinds of bridges at Chicago Dental Esthetics, including:

Fixed bridges

This type of bridge holds your replacement tooth in place with two crowns. One crown goes over the tooth on one side of the gap in your smile, while the second crown goes over the tooth on the other side. The replacement tooth is attached to these crowns, which hold it securely in place. 

Cantilever bridge

If your missing tooth only has an abutting tooth on one side, Dr. Rabor uses this bridge — which is held in place by a single crown — to replace your missing tooth. 

Maryland bridges

Rather than using a crown or crowns as a support structure, this bridge relies on a metal framework bonded to the back of your abutting teeth to hold your replacement tooth in place. 

If you have a tooth that needs saving or a gap in your smile, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Rabor about crowns and bridges. Call Chicago Dental Esthetics or schedule your appointment online today.