Dental Crowns And Bridges

Urrutia Family Dental

Dawson Urrutia, DMD

Family Dentistry located in Alma, AR

If you have damaged or missing teeth, dental crowns or bridges can preserve and repair your oral health function. At Urrutia Family Dental in Alma, Arkansas, Dawson Urrutia, DMD, provides natural-looking crowns and bridges to restore your bite and help you smile with confidence. To schedule an appointment for an evaluation, call the friendly practice today or use the online booking tool.

Dental Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What are dental crowns and bridges?

Dental crowns and bridges restore damaged or missing teeth. You may need a combination of crowns and bridges if you have a broken tooth or one or more missing teeth.

Dental crowns

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that mimic the look and function of your natural tooth, fitting directly on top of the visible portion of your permanent tooth. They can also cover dental implants. Urrutia Family Dental custom makes crowns, and they come in different types of materials, including metal, ceramic, resin, and porcelain.

Your provider helps determine the material for your crown based on the severity of your damage or need for a dental crown. 


Bridges are fixed restorations used to replace missing teeth. Your dentist cements them to your natural teeth, on each side of the empty space, or dental implants, to keep them secure. 

What dental issues cause the need for dental crowns or bridges?

Crowns can serve a purpose on their own or as part of a dental bridge. 

You might need a crown if you have:

  • Misshapen teeth
  • Teeth with large fillings
  • Worn down teeth from bruxism
  • Decayed teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • A weakened tooth after root canal therapy

Your dentist can prepare a custom-made bridge for you if you have one or several missing teeth.

How are dental crowns and bridges placed?

To place your crowns and bridges, it usually takes two appointments to complete both procedures.

At your first visit, your provider prepares the tooth or teeth receiving the restoration, carefully reshaping them to make room for your crown or bridge.

Your dentist then takes impressions of your teeth to create the molds for your restoration. You wear a temporary crown or bridge until the final restoration is ready. 

When you come in for your second visit at Urrutia Family Dental, the crown or bridge is placed permanently with a special bonding solution that keeps your bite feeling secure and your smile looking good.

Dental crowns and bridges offer long-lasting benefits for your oral health and give you a beautiful smile. To schedule a consultation with the team at Urrutia Family Dental, call the location nearest you or book your appointment today.