Crowns And Bridges

Bruce E. Berkowitz, DMD

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Midtown, New York, NY

If you’ve ever suffered from tooth loss, you’re no stranger to the awkward and uncomfortable feeling that comes with an unwanted gap in your mouth. Many patients turn to dental treatments like crowns and bridges to restore their dentition and beautify their smile. Dr. Berkowitz has been serving patients in Midtown Manhattan for the last three decades. His office can help you regain a healthy and confident smile. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Crowns and Bridges Q & A

What are crowns and bridges?

Crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices cemented onto your existing teeth or implants. Unlike dentures that you can take out and clean daily, these restorations are permanent. Only your dentist can remove crowns and bridges.

Crowns entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth or implant. Bridges, on the other hand, cover a space if you’re missing one or more teeth. Dr. Berkowitz cements them to natural teeth or implants surrounding the area where the tooth was lost.

Why are dental crowns used?

Not only do crowns strengthen your damaged teeth, but they can also improve the appearance, shape, or alignment of your teeth as well. Dr. Berkowitz can also place a crown on top of your dental implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure.

Depending on the position of the crown, structural needs, and aesthetic concerns, Dr. Berkowitz can use different materials. For more of an improved aesthetic look, you can choose porcelain or ceramic crowns to match the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, or porcelain fused to metal.

Reasons you may want a crown include:

  • Replacing a large filling when there isn't enough of your tooth remaining
  • Protecting a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restoring a fractured tooth
  • Attaching a bridge
  • Covering a dental implant
  • To cover a discolored or poorly-shaped tooth
  • Covering a tooth that’s had a root canal

When is a dental bridge used?

Dr. Berkowitz may recommend a bridge if you're missing one or more teeth.

Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause remaining teeth to rotate or shift. This results in imbalances that could lead to issues like gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

Dr. Berkowitz cements bridges to your natural teeth or implants so they can span the space where teeth are missing. These teeth are called abutments, which serve as anchors for a new bridge. Dr. Berkowitz then attaches a replacement tooth, called a pontic, to the crowns that cover the abutments. Similar to crowns, you have a choice of materials for bridges. 

Call Dr. Berkowitz or schedule an appointment online to see if crowns and bridges could improve your smile.

What Insurance do you accept for Crowns and Bridges?

If you have any concerns about your insurance payment, we accept the following for all dental services:

  • Aetna
  • BCBS
  • Cigna
  • Delta Dental
  • Guardian
  • MetLife