Crowns & Bridges

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Fort Myers, FL
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Crowns & Bridges

Crowns and bridges are versatile and durable restorative treatments that address a wide range of dental care needs. At First Street Family Dentistry in Fort Myers, Florida, David M. Martinez, DMD, and his team offer custom crowns and bridges to those who entrust the practice with their care. Booking a visit takes just moments whether you choose to connect online or by phone, so don’t delay.

Crowns & Bridges Q & A

How can crowns and bridges improve dental health?

Crowns and bridges offer both restorative and cosmetic benefits. They’re among the most common types of dental restorations and can create a stronger and healthier bite. 


A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that completely covers all visible surfaces of a tooth. Crowns can protect teeth that are chipped, cracked, or weakened by a large filling or multiple dental procedures. Crowns are also the final step in a root canal, protecting the restored tooth.  


A dental bridge is a fixed device that replaces one or more missing teeth. Bridges are held in place by a dental crown on either side. Bridgework can prevent adjacent teeth from shifting and also stabilize your bite. 

Both crowns and bridges help improve the appearance of your smile. When you come in for your consultation, your dentist explains all available options, helping you choose a path that’s right for you. 

What is the process for getting crowns and bridges?

The first step is an injection of numbing medication to keep you comfortable during the visit. Then, your dentist removes a small portion of your natural tooth tissue to create space for the new crown(s). Digital impressions give the dental lab the information needed to craft your restorations. 

A temporary crown protects your tooth until the permanent version arrives from the lab. At that point, your dentist checks your new crown(s) and bridge to ensure proper fit and appearance. Cementing the crown(s) in place completes the restoration. 

Do crowns and bridges require special care?

Once in place, your crowns and bridges require no special care. Simply continue your normal dental hygiene routine to prevent accumulations of plaque and tartar. 

If you have a bridge, your dentist shows you how to thread dental floss beneath the bridge to remove any trapped food particles to keep your gums healthy. Otherwise, simply treat your restoration like your natural teeth. Avoid biting down on hard non-food objects, and don’t use your teeth to open packaging or hold anything. 

Your dentist checks your crowns and bridgework when you come in for all future dental exams. If you ever need to have your restoration repaired or replaced, the process is similar to that outlined above. 

Booking a visit is as easy as a quick phone call or a few moments online.