Crowns & Bridges

Dental Crowns & Bridges in the North Arlington & Kearny Areas

About Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are essentially artificial caps used to restore existing teeth for both functional and cosmetic purposes. Crowns are needed when teeth become damaged or have been structurally compromised in some way. Dr. Ekstein can use dental crowns to give your teeth the proper shape and function while adding the necessary strength for everyday use. Crowns are cemented to the existing tooth structure and are usually made of porcelain on high noble metal, zirconia, or gold.

Dental Crowns vs. Fillings

While fillings are only meant to cover a small portion of the tooth, a crown or cap encases the entire visible portion of a tooth. In effect, the crown acts as the tooth’s new outer surface. A major motivation for choosing crowns over fillings is that crowns provide more surface coverage. A crown is preferable when a tooth is broken or decayed to such an extent that fillings cannot be placed. Porcelain or zirconia crowns look and feel similar to natural teeth. Inlays and onlays are often referred to as partial crowns.

About Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a false tooth that is used to fill the gap created by missing teeth. Gaps between teeth can be detrimental to your dental and overall health. Gaps can cause occlusal disease, and if left untreated, more extensive dental work will be required. Dental bridges help alleviate the problem by restoring the proper occlusion, or bite. They are formed by using the two surrounding teeth as anchors to hold a false tooth, or Pontic, where the gap is. Crowns are then placed over the teeth and a false tooth is fused to the two crowns, effectively filling the space.

About Implant-Supported Bridges

Sometimes, dental bridges may be necessary, but the surrounding teeth are not in a healthy enough condition to support standard dental crowns. In situations like this, Dr. Ekstein may recommend an implant-supported bridge. These types of bridges are similar to regular dental bridges in their use and functionality, but they are supported by implants instead of by your natural teeth.

Visiting us at least once every six months will help to prevent you from needing these procedures, or catch them in their early stages so extensive work is not necessary. If you have not been to the dentist in six months or more, contact us below or at (201) 627-5060 and our team will work to meet your oral health needs.

Smile Design Specialist

Meet Your Board Certified Prosthodontist
  • Richard A. Ekstein Photo
    Richard A. Ekstein

    Board Certified Prosthodontist

    Get ready for a different kind of dental experience - one where every patient receives the absolute pinnacle of care! - Dr. Ekstein
/

Why We're the Right Choice for You

Benefits of Smile Design Specialist:
  • CareCredit & In-Office Financing Available
  • Providing the Best Dental Care Since 1984
  • Board Certified Prosthodontist
  • Focused on your Dental & Overall Health
  • Complimentary Initial Consultations
  • Services Available in English, Spanish & Portuguese
    Wonderful Experience

    “I love Smile Design Specialists in North Arlington.”

    - Gerard R.
    Knowledgeable, Efficient & Caring

    “Invisalign is the best investment I have ever made.”

    - Mike
    I Love My New Smile!

    “Dr. Ekstein is great and the staff at The Smile Design Specialists are amazing.”

    - Kim
    Nothing But Professional!

    “Not only do they provide a very professional experience, but I felt welcome and comfortable at every stage of my procedure.”

    - James
    The Most Friendly & Efficient Staff

    “The Smile Design Specialists have the most friendly and efficient staff and they are always willing to go that extra mile to assist with dental or billing questions. We love their proactive dental care...so I can fix things when they are small and not let ”

    - Marilyn
/

Send a Message

We Want to Hear from You Call us at (201) 627-5060 or fill out the form below to contact us today. We look forward to seeing your smile soon.
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.