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Bridges & Dental Crowns
in Cincinnati, Ohio

Crowns & Bridges with Hardin Advanced Dentistry

If you have damaged or missing teeth, advances in dental medicine have made it possible to restore them to their natural beauty. Our cosmetic dentists provide dental bridges and dental crowns in Cincinnati, OH, made from the highest quality, lifelike materials.

Our dental crowns and dental bridges are among the most common dental restoration treatments and can replace missing teeth or restore a tooth that has suffered trauma, decay, or has an unsightly appearance. To learn more, please call Hardin Advanced Dentistry at (513) 216-2935 to schedule a consultation at our Greater Cincinnati area office.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns, also known as dental caps, are custom-made prosthetic devices used to restore and protect damaged or weakened teeth. Crafted from materials like porcelain, metal, or a combination, they encase the entire visible portion of a tooth, providing strength, durability, and an improved appearance while preserving the tooth's functionality.

What are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are fixed dental appliances used to replace missing teeth. They consist of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) anchored to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Bridges restore aesthetics, function, and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting, improving both appearance and oral health.

Restored Teeth

Over time, certain teeth can be damaged, either through decay, gum disease, or trauma. Some teeth may have odd or unsightly appearances that affect the appeal of your smile. Placing a custom dental crown, which looks and functions exactly like a normal, healthy tooth, may best treat any of these problems.

Every person is unique and not everyone is blessed with strong teeth, some suffering more decay than others. When a tooth has become very decayed, it may be impossible to safely fill the cavity, as not enough natural tooth structure remains, creating a risk of cracking or breakage. A dental crown is then created to cover the tooth and restore its appearance and function. In many cases, patients that need a root canal require a crown to complete the restoration. How your crowns appear when complete is based in large part on the skill and artistry of your cosmetic dentist. The correct color and shape of the crown is exceptionally important, as it should perfectly blend with your natural teeth.

At Hardin Advanced Dentistry, we take great pride in our ability to restore damaged teeth. We offer more than one restoration option to our patients, including CEREC, which allows you to have your tooth restored in just a single dental visit. If you have certain dental problems and a tooth requires a crown to be fully restored, our cosmetic dentist is highly-qualified in these restorations. Dr. Tara Hardin is in the top one percent of dental practitioners in the nation in her level of education and training. As a cosmetic dentist, she has an artist’s eye and ability to correctly match color so your new tooth perfectly blends, looks, and feels natural and stable. If you’re interested in dental crowns in Cincinnati, OH, please contact us today to learn more.

Using Dental Implants and Crowns

Modern technology has brought new hope to those who have lost a tooth, several teeth, or even all of their teeth. Dental implants are created that anchor new teeth on a titanium post which is fused into your jaw. A custom crown is then placed over the implant where it appears natural and functions just like a normal healthy tooth.

Why Do I Need a Crown?

Crowns may be necessary:

  • For teeth with large cavities, too large to resolve with a filling
  • For missing teeth
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To restore a cracked, worn or weak tooth
  • After a root canal treatment
  • For cosmetic enhancement of a badly shaped or unsightly tooth


At Hardin Advanced Dentistry, we practice metal-free dentistry and place porcelain or ceramic crowns. Crowns with metal often look unsightly and may show a rim of metal at the gum line. If you have crowns you feel are unattractive due to color, shape or metal showing, our cosmetic dentist can replace old crowns with new, beautifully natural looking teeth that enhance your smile. Talk to us about your dental problems – we are here to restore your smile – and your feelings of self-confidence.

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How Is a Dental Bridge Different From a Dental Crown?

Dr. Tara Hardin may recommend a porcelain dental crown to resolve an aesthetic or dental problem affecting a single tooth with structural or cosmetic problems. A dental bridge, on the other hand, is used to replace one or more missing teeth that were lost due to:

  • Tooth decay
  • Accident or injury
  • Gum disease

Our Cincinnati dental bridges consist of one or more prosthetic teeth (called a pontic) and a crown on either side (called an abutment) that secures the new teeth in place. When creating a fixed bridge apparatus, the crowns are securely bonded to the teeth on either side, with the new teeth on the bridge filling the gap.

What are the Benefits of a Dental Bridge?

Filling the space left by a lost tooth is beneficial to oral health, as well as the appearance of your smile. With a dental bridge, you can enjoy advantages such as:

  • Solid, stable tooth replacement
  • Clearer, more articulate speech
  • Better ability to chew
  • Better alignment

A dental bridge can also work to combat the body's biological response to tooth loss. The prosthetic prevents your other teeth from shifting within the mouth and helps to retain a natural, healthy structure. A correctly created and installed bridge can bring back a more youthful appearance and ward off the sagging, aging appearance that often accompanies tooth loss.

Crowns and bridges FAQ's

Why do we recommend crowns?

The recommendation of a crown is always for your own benefit. Simply put, a crown acts to seal and protect your tooth. When patients come in with broken teeth, they usually say, I should’ve done the crown when you recommended it because now I know I need one. What we can’t predict is how the tooth might break. Will there be nerve involvement where we now need a root canal – more money, more time, and more hassle?

What are dental crowns made of?

Crowns are made of different types of ceramics or porcelains. All of the ceramics we use, emax and zirconia, are metal-free. The materials in today’s dentistry are biologically kinder to your tissue and have better optical properties. Today’s crowns look much more natural than the old metal crowns that would leave a dark, gray shadow by the gum line.

How long will my crown last?

It is our hope to make our dentistry last for a lifetime, but sometimes that cannot be the case. If our own teeth can be one Snickers bar away from a catastrophe, unfortunately so can dentistry. However, with great oral hygiene, proper diet to prevent tooth decay, and regular care and maintenance, there is no reason not to get decades out of your investment. We like to do dentistry one time so you can be in maintenance mode. It’s always better to get things fixed rather than chase the problems.

Why are crowns so expensive?

If you’ve ever had an ill-fitting crown, you know that not all crowns are the same. Never mind the fit, but what about the color match to your natural teeth? Why is one dentist’s fee so much more than another’s? That would be like asking why are Porsches more expensive than Fords. Our crowns are fabricated by highly-trained and artistic lab technicians – they do not come from a factory lab that mills hundreds in a day. Photography is used to communicate with the lab to provide the best results. On top of the lab, our doctors have invested in their education well beyond dental school so we can provide the best for our patients. The adage “you get what you pay for” is very real in dentistry, and not all crowns are created equally.

Should I get a bridge or an implant?

Every case is different. If you just lost your tooth or are about to, typically an implant is recommended if no other teeth adjacent need attention. If your tooth has been missing for quite a few years, an implant will be doable but an uphill battle. When a tooth is lost, the space it occupied starts to resorb or shrink away. If there is not adequate bone width and height from this area, you may need to undergo bone or tissue grafting prior to an implant. There are pros and cons to each. Let us help you decide!

Why choose
Dr. Tara Hardin?

Dr. Hardin is a Las Vegas Institute Fellow, granted only after a minimum of 278 hours of advanced education and experience in aesthetics, physiologic science, and a comprehensive practical examination. Additionally, she is an Accredited Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, an accreditation granted only to those with superior performance and knowledge in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. These qualifications are compounded by almost two decades of experience and continued education.

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