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Dental Crowns and Bridges

Preserving natural teeth is always our priority, but sometimes it is not an option and a tooth needs to be replaced. Whether due to damage, decay, or to provide cosmetic enhancement, the dentists at our Dracut practice will help you decide on the right tooth replacement solution for your needs. 

When one or more replacement teeth are needed, dental crowns and dental bridges are two options for restoring function and appearance.

“Very clean and up to date with the newest technology. Had a crown done x2–painless! Staff very friendly and professional. Close to home and great hours!!” ~ Susy

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What are Dental Crowns?

A dental crown is a replacement tooth that can attach to either a dental implant or to what remains of a natural tooth after a repair such as a root canal has been performed. Custom-made, porcelain crowns restore a tooth’s full function while maintaining the look and feel of a natural tooth. Unlike dental bridges, crowns are fitted independently from surrounding teeth. 

One benefit of dental crowns is that they allow us to save a tooth that has been severely damaged or is suffering from decay beyond what a filling can repair. Crowns can even address cosmetic issues caused by either crooked teeth or teeth with large gaps between them. 

At Future of Dentistry- Dracut, each porcelain crown is custom made to match the natural look and feel of the tooth it’s replacing. 

Dental crowns are an attractive tooth replacement option because they can be cared for the same way as your other teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. 

“I never have had a crown fit perfectly on the first try. It’s always agony. Thanks for doing so much better—one and done!! A perfect fit!” ~Jane

Dental Crown Procedure

The dental crown procedure will depend on the extent of the work that needs to be done, but is often a multi-step process, requiring one or two visits to our Dracut office. 

To begin the procedure, a mold is taken of the tooth that’s being replaced, along with the surrounding teeth. This allows for a temporary crown to be made and put in place while the lab fabricates your custom, permanent crown.

Next, any necessary prep work is done. This can include removing decay or infection, performing a root canal, or placing an implant. If work is being done over multiple visits, you will most likely be given a temporary crown to wear before the permanent crown is delivered. 

After the preparation, a final impression is taken. This allows our dentists to ensure the final crown will be a comfortable fit and a good visual match. Because our custom-made porcelain dental crown will match the size and shape of the tooth it’s replacing, the result is a beautiful, natural-looking smile. 

What is a Dental Bridge?

Another common way to address a missing tooth is with a dental bridge. A bridge is a replacement tooth held in place with attachments to the neighboring teeth. This replacement then ‘bridges’ the gap left by the missing tooth. The attachment points for the bridge may be either dental crowns or implants, with the replacement tooth secured between them. 

Like a dental crown, a dental bridge solves the problem of a missing tooth by restoring functionality to your bite and by helping your other teeth maintain their position.

Dental Bridge Procedure

The dental bridge procedure may require multiple office visits. As part of the evaluation process for a dental bridge, the adjacent teeth must be assessed as attachment points. Called “abutment teeth,” these neighboring teeth must be in good health to support the attachments for a bridge. If the abutment teeth are viable, they may need to be filed down to make room for the crowns. 

After the abutment teeth have been prepared, our clinical team will take a mold of your teeth to construct a bridge that fits naturally and comfortably. 

When replacing multiple teeth, dental implants can also support a bridge. In these cases, two implants will support a replacement tooth between them, resulting in 3 replacement teeth. Similar to the dental crown procedure, we may fit you with a temporary bridge while the permanent bridge is being crafted. 

Want to learn more about dental crowns and bridges? Call our Dracut location at 978-957-1811

Over 1,000 5 Star Reviews on Google!

Betzaida RamirezBetzaida Ramirez
00:06 15 Sep 22
I love this dental office. The staff are so compassionate and really respect your wishes. Amazing Hygienist and amazing Dentists.
Susy CarnevaleSusy Carnevale
00:37 25 Aug 22
Fantastic staff. Professional, friendly, and caring. Highly recommended!
Cathy HebertCathy Hebert
00:10 28 Jul 22
Great Dentist! Awesome Staff! Amazing Dental Work! Highly Recommend ⭐️
Joscelyne PerkinsJoscelyne Perkins
23:41 20 Jul 22
Everyone is so kind and compassionate! Dr.Austria has a gentle touch! They are AMAZING!
madison willeymadison willey
00:53 23 Jun 22
I just started going to this dentist and I love it. I have an extreme dentil phobia and everyone makes me feel welcome and assured that I will be okay. I just got a temporary filling and the numbing works so well, I didn’t feel a thing. They even gave me a blanket to calm me down and explained everything they were doing to me. Definitely recommend this place.
Judith PentedemosJudith Pentedemos
19:22 02 Jun 22
Everyone at this practice is welcoming and helpful. Tanya, who has been my Dental Hygienist for many years, is excellent and the reason that I stayed with the practice after Dr. Vermette left. I have been very happy with that decision and happily drive the 25+ miles to get there.
Jessica CarnevaleJessica Carnevale
01:35 02 Jun 22
Cori is amazing!! Extremely knowledgeable and very willing to provide dental education each visit. Appointments are always on time and the environment is spotless. I’ve convinced my whole family to receive their dental care here. Would highly recommend!!
Melannies TiradoMelannies Tirado
19:37 01 Jun 22
Can’t say enough wonderful things about this team at the Dracut location. I have such a phobia of the dentist and I had a dental emergency and was in agony for days over the holiday weekend. After seeing my regular dentist and being disappointed with their recommendations, I called this office after it was highly recommended by a friend. This was the best decision I could have made. I called and explained my situation, they got me right in, provided me with all the information I needed in order for me to make the best decision possible. They made me feel comfortable, cared for, like family. Dr Oliver Austria and his assistant Courtney were top notch. For any and all dental needs, please run to this office, you will not be disappointed!
Sean MurphySean Murphy
02:17 25 May 22
I had Dr Oliver Austria for invisalign. There was an add for a free consultation online. I set an appointment, had a full consultation with x rays, advised of several options available to me and walked out without spending one penny. Dr Austria is fiercely meticulous, graduated from Tufts university and is the best of the best.
Mike FitzpatrickMike Fitzpatrick
22:20 24 May 22
Awesome staff across the board. Been to this location and Wakefield, very highly recommended both locations and all staff.
Marangelie QuinonezMarangelie Quinonez
21:17 23 Apr 22
Came in the office so scared in the past in other offices the atmosphere was so different but I was greeted with a smile the staff was so knowledgeable made me feel comfortable and I had a pleasant experience. Will definitely recommend this office to many of my friends and coworkers and above all the work was done professional and proficient .
Kelly RierisKelly Rieris
11:47 21 Apr 22
Everyone here are so nice and lovely , beginning with the Staffs to the Hygienists and Doctor. If you a new patient and looking for a great place to go to, please give Future of Dentistry - Dracut a chance and you won't regret.
Joan LaurenzaJoan Laurenza
17:22 25 Mar 22
Very professional office and all clean protocols in place. Interested in the what's best for the patient. Takes time to explain things and answer questions.
Margaret NorcottMargaret Norcott
14:38 24 Feb 22
I cannot say enough great things about Future of Dentistry. My visits are like spending time with my friends. From the minute I walk in to the time I leave “ I truly enjoy going to the dentist” Thank you Dr. Austria and all of the Dracut FOD family
Jerilynn JacobsonJerilynn Jacobson
16:13 21 Jan 22
Best dentists and hygienist ever. Super competent and kind staff. I actually love going for appointments. Could not ask for better or more responsive care for my family or me.
Marge A. HansonMarge A. Hanson
03:06 20 Jan 22
Excellent staff and service. My family and I have gone to this dental office for years. Tanya is the best hygienist ever! They are always on time for your appointments too! Would highly recommend if you are looking for a new dental office!
Callie BaronCallie Baron
01:10 06 Jan 22
I have had Tanya as my dental hygienist for several years now She is always friendly ,caring,and professional. She does an excellent job each and every time.I have also had to have procedures done over the last 2 years , caps and fillings and am very pleased with the quality of care I received by Dr Austria and his assistant.
Dave CollinsDave Collins
14:09 30 Dec 21
I can really say, I enjoy visiting the dentist when I come here. Kim always remembers my name and greets me warmly when I arrive. My hygienist Cori tailors my care around my comfort level as best as possible and Dr. Austria is friendly, gentle and very knowledgeable. I have referred many friends and family to this office and will continue to do so. Keep up the good work!
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