Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers
Crowns and bridges are custom restorations that look and feel like natural teeth. They preserve the healthy tooth structure while adding stability. Veneers are used in cases when there is only slight damage or discoloration. They bond directly to the tooth's surface and we will match the porcelain to your natural tooth shade.
Crowns are used when there is superficial decay or damage to the tooth, but the root of the tooth is fully intact. Commonly referred to as a cap, crowns are fitted to your natural tooth or implant and are adjusted to your bite.
First, the doctor will reduce the problematic tooth for a proper crown fit.
Next, we take an impression of your bite to make the permanent crown.
The color of the crown is now customized.
In the office, we make a temporary crown until the lab finalizes your permanent one.
- Finally, you will return for the permanent crown fitting.
Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth when there is decay or a large filling on a adjacent tooth. It can be a less costly alternative to a dental implant when looking to replace a missing tooth. Depending on the health of the adjacent teeth and your gums, the doctor will recommend one of the following types of bridges.
Types of Bridges:
- Traditional — Crowns are placed on teeth that are on either side of the missing tooth.
- Cantilever — A crown is bonded over a single tooth next to the missing one.
- Resin-bonded — The replacement tooth is supported by metal wings on the adjacent teeth.
Veneers are suggested when correcting cosmetic damage to teeth. They are customizable in color and shape and are made from very thin, porcelain or resin shells. They are resistant to staining and the procedure is non-invasive.
Common uses for veneers:
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Irregular or misshapen teeth
- Teeth that have not successfully whitened with treatment