Crowns & Bridges


A crown is a custom-made covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. Crowns may be needed if you have had endodontic treatment, weakened or fractured a tooth, need a dental implant restored, or have misshapen or discolored teeth.

The treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown involves:

  • Numbing the tooth to remove the decay in or around it.
  • Re-sculpturing the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown.
  • Making an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made crown (usually takes one to two weeks).
  • Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it onto the tooth during the interim period when the custom-made crown is being created.
  • Applying the custom-made crown (when received from the lab) by removing the temporary crown and fitting the custom-made one onto the tooth.
  • After ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, the dentist cements it into place.

This process generally consists of two visits over a three- to four-week period. Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime.


A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite problems (occlusion) and/or jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease. Bridges also safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.

There are three main types of bridges, namely:

  • A fixed bridge is the most popular and consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, which fit over the existing teeth and hold the bridge in place.
  • The “Maryland” bridge is commonly used to replace missing front teeth and consists of a filler that is attached to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth. The metal bands consist of a white-colored composite resin that matches existing tooth color.
  • The cantilever bridge is often used when there are teeth on only one side of the span. A typical three-unit cantilever bridge consists of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth space. The filler tooth is then connected to the two crowned teeth, which extend into the missing tooth space or end.

Getting bridges usually requires two to three office visits. Your teeth will be prepared to receive the bridge by removing some outer portion of the teeth, providing necessary space for the crown. Impressions will then be taken and a model created so that a custom bridge can be fabricated for your exact needs. Once the bridge is fabricated, another appointment may be needed to actually try the bridge in your mouth to see if any adjustments are needed. At the last appointment the bridge is cemented  in place, returning your smile to pristine form and function again.

Kandy S. Sayrs, D.D.S., P.C.

  • Kandy S. Sayrs, DDS - 1865 N. Henderson St., Suite 9, Galesburg, IL 61401 Phone: 309-342-4144 Fax: 309-344-1637

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