Crown & Bridge

Crown and Bridge may be recommended by Dr. Zimmerman to completely cover and protect teeth that have had extensive damage or replace missing teeth with results that improve function, health and appearance.

Crowns cover or “cap” a tooth to restore the normal function and natural appearance of the tooth. Crowns may be constructed as all metal, porcelain fused to metal or all-ceramic (porcelain). A crown may be recommended for fractured, discolored or badly shaped teeth or for teeth with very large fillings or a root-canal. A traditional method to replace a missing tooth or teeth is with a bridge. Bridges look like individual teeth although there may be several teeth in one bridge.


Joan came in to our office unhappy with her smile. Due to periodontal disease, spaces began to open between her front teeth. Joan felt very self-conscious and found herself always trying to hide her smile. She was also dissatisfied with the “unnatural” look of her old crowns. She knew something needed to be done.


After periodontal therapy to treat her gum disease, it was decided that one tooth required extraction. Fortunately, we were able to replace the missing tooth and her old lifeless crowns with a new porcelain bridge to restore the color, position and symmetry of her teeth. Joan was very happy with the results.