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Iowa Falls, IA 50126
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Crowns and Bridges

Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.


Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.

Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.

Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.


A tooth must usually be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. A cast is made of the existing tooth and an impression is made. The impression is sent to a special lab, which manufactures a custom-designed crown. In some cases, a temporary crown is applied until the permanent crown is ready. Permanent crowns are cemented in place.

Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.

Caring For Your Crowns

With proper care, a good quality crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is very important to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.

Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown.


A dental bridge is a great way to replace one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge holds one or more artificial teeth in the space where one or more teeth are missing. Abutment crowns fit onto the teeth on either side of the space, securing the bridge in place. A bridge is a fixed permanent restoration, meaning it cannot be removed from your mouth.

Replacing missing teeth is important because missing teeth can cause difficulties with eating and speaking, as well as cosmetic issues. Also, when a tooth is missing, the neighboring teeth can drift from their normal positions and cause a malocclusion, which is when your top teeth and bottom teeth do not fit together properly.

Replacing missing teeth with a bridge typically takes 2 appointments. At your initial visit, the two teeth neighboring the missing tooth will be prepared for crowns, impressions will be taken, and a temporary bridge placed. At your second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and your permanent bridge cemented in placed.


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Tuesday: 7:30am – 4:30pm
Wednesday: 7:30am – 4:30pm
Thursday: 7:30am – 4:30pm

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