A crown, sometimes called a cap, is a custom made covering that encases the entire tooth to restore it to its original shape, size and function. A crown protects and restores a tooth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
There are several types of crowns. Porcelain is tooth colored and the most popular, because it resembles your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns may have metal underneath the porcelain. These restorations are highly durable and can last many years with proper at-home care, diet and nutrition, however they may need to be re-cemented due to normal wear. Like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced altogether. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size and color of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
REASONS FOR A CROWN:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
- Tooth has a root canal
If you’ve lost one or more teeth due to an accident, injury, decay or gum disease, a permanent bridge can be used to replace the missing area. A dental bridge consists of two crowns that go over two or more anchoring teeth with an artificial tooth, or multiple teeth, attached in the middle where one or more teeth are missing.
A bridge not only fills the gap but also prevents repositioning of the remaining teeth. A dental bridge is permanently fixed in the mouth and is excellent way to replace missing teeth. Porcelain bridges are popular because they resemble your natural teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and can last many years with proper at-home care, diet and nutrition, however, they may need to be re-cemented or replaced due to normal wear.
REASONS FOR A FIXED BRIDGE:
- Fill space of missing teeth
- Maintain facial shape
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Restore chewing and speaking ability
- Restore your smile