Dental Crowns (Caps)
A crown is a full coverage, cosmetic restoration utilized to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns can be made of all porcelain, all metal (gold), or a combination of the two. All porcelain crowns are generally the material of choice due to their superior esthetics and strength.
Crowns are recommended to help restore teeth that are broken, worn, or otherwise damaged from decay. While it is often possible to rebuild teeth with fillings, crowns are indicated when there is insufficient tooth structure remaining for a filling.
To prepare your tooth for a crown, the Doctor will reduce your tooth so the crown (which goes over the tooth like a hat) fits. The Dentist will then take an impression of your tooth and send it to the lab. Once there, an experienced technician will fabricate a custom crown to precisely fit your tooth. The crown is then sent back to the Dentist where it is permanently cemented onto your tooth.
Dental bridges are a very common procedure that helps to replace missing teeth. Bridges have a replacement tooth (teeth) that is supported on either side by crowns on the patient’s remaining natural teeth. Dental bridges provide a permanent, stable solution to missing teeth, filling in unsightly gaps and allowing you to chew better.