Crowns & Bridges Specialist

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Shelton Dentist

Dentist located in Shelton, CT

Dr. Sean Lee and the staff of Shelton Dentist serve the residents of Shelton, Connecticut and many other local neighborhoods. The dentist and his staff specialize in the use of both crowns and bridges to restore a patient's smile.

Crowns & Bridges Q & A

What is a Crown?

A crown is a fake tooth that is placed over the top of an existing tooth or placed on top of a dental implant so that the mouth looks as if it has a full set of teeth. Crowns will last anywhere from five to ten years, depending on the type of material used in their construction and how well the patient cares for their teeth. Gold crowns will last indefinitely and show little wear and tear over the years. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are next in line when it comes to durability. They will show the least amount of wear and tear when the patient takes proper care of their teeth. The least durable material is a hard plastic resin that is shaped and colored to look like the teeth closest to it.

What is a Bridge?

A bridge is an appliance that is placed in the mouth to help fill gaps made by lost or damaged teeth. A bridge is a simple a group of one to three teeth, a fake tooth in the middle with caps or crowns on either side. The caps fit over the top of the teeth on either side of the gap and hold the bridge firmly in place. In some cases, a wire anchor is used to wrap around the teeth on either side to offer stability and secure the bridge tightly in place. Bridges can also be attached to dental implants. This type of bridge can be snapped in and out of the mouth at will so it can be thoroughly cleaned or repaired if needed.

How Long Does a Crown Last?

The longevity of a crown will depend on the type of material used to make it. Gold crowns will last the longest. The gold will not wear away or be damaged in any way from overuse. Porcelain and ceramic are extremely durable but may eventually show wear and tear. Porcelain and ceramic crowns can last anywhere from five to ten years as long as the person takes proper care of their teeth. The least durable of all of the materials is the hard plastic resin, similar to what retainers are made of. This type of material will begin to wear away almost immediately and will have a lifespan of fewer than five years, even with the best of care.

Insurance Providers

Shelton Dentist accepts most dental insurances. If you do not see your insurance listed here, please contact our office.

Assurant Health
Connecticut Dental Health Partnership
Delta Dental
Meritain Health
MetLife Dental
Principal Dental
United Healthcare