Crowns, Bridges, & Veneers
Crowns are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
A crown may be recommended to:
Replace a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining
Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
Restore a fractured tooth
Attach a bridge
Cover a dental implant
Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
Protect from malocclusion, or painful chewing
A crown is used to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth. If your tooth is beyond repair with a filling material, we may recommend that the best viable option to save the tooth is a full crown. The reasons for this type of restoration in a badly damaged tooth are durability, cosmetic appearance, and overall support of the chewing function.
Crowns can be made from a variety of materials. These options include a full porcelain crown, a porcelain fused to metal or gold crown, or a full gold crown. We will make the determination as to which of these options is the most appropriate for your situation.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
There are three main types of dental bridges:
Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic, or replacement tooth, in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or all porcelain.
Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. This is not very common any more and is not recommended in the back of the mouth where it can put too much force on other teeth and damage them.
Maryland bonded bridges are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal. Metal or porcelain wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.
The right veneers are a quick way to a beautiful smile, and this treatment is perfect for people looking to create a new smile. Porcelain veneers are extremely thin casings of ceramic that are cemented to the front surface of a tooth. They are comparable in look and feel to natural tooth enamel. They are custom made to the contour of your teeth and are bonded to the tooth's original enamel during a series of in-office procedures.
Veneers can be used to close gaps or correct small misalignments. Patients also choose veneers as a cosmetic solution to enhance the brightness of their teeth and to straighten their smile. Veneers are often used to correct issues like discoloration, fractures, or chips.