Crowns and Bridges

Single tooth crowns

All porcelain crowns are designed to strengthen and restore damaged and decayed teeth. Crowns are one of the most commonly used tooth restorations because they are effective, easy to install and covered (at least partly) by many dental insurance plans.

All porcelain crowns can be used for a wide variety of purposes. A crown might recommend for you if:

  • You have a deeply cracked, worn or fractured tooth
  • You have a tooth with a large cavity
  • You are undergoing a root canal
  • You have a tooth that is abnormally small, strangely shaped or very discolored

Crowns are often used in conjunction with other restorative dentistry treatments. For example, crowns can anchor a bridge in place on either side of a missing tooth. With dental implants, a porcelain crown is the finishing touch to create a natural looking smile again.

A crown is an investment that will withstand the test of time and save your tooth from further damage. It is important to take care of your new crown by following good dental hygiene.

 

Bridges to replace missing teeth

Dental bridges are a commonly recommended treatment for replacing one or more missing teeth to close the gaps in your smile.  Using porcelain, a bridge appears very life-like and will help hold remaining teeth in proper alignment.

 

Why Choose Dental Bridges?
Who is a Candidate for Dental Bridges?
What does a bridge look like?


 

Answers:

Why Choose Dental Bridges?

A. Having a gap in your smile can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. But a missing tooth can do more than just impact your looks. Each tooth in your mouth plays an important role in keeping the rest of your teeth in line. When you lose a tooth, the teeth on either side can begin drifting out of alignment. So, even if you lose a back tooth that no one usually sees, you could end up with crooked front teeth unless you have your smile repaired. This type of restoration allows you to bite and chew normally again (with the exception of very hard foods). It can also help correct speech problems associated with missing teeth.

 

Who is a Candidate for Dental Bridges?

A. This treatment is designed for patients who have a missing tooth (or teeth) and is an alternative to a dental implant(link).   Bridges can be used to restore one, two or sometimes three missing teeth in a row. Alternatives to bridges include removable partial dentures or dental implants (link these).

 

What does a bridge look like?

A. A traditional bridge requires the presence of a healthy tooth on either side of the gap to support the replacement teeth. This bridge consists of crowns that are all attached to each other. The crown in the middle is actually called a “pontic” and replaces the missing tooth. The two on either side are regular crowns that fit over existing teeth called the abutment teeth. Porcelain and porcelain fused to metal (PFM) are the most common materials used for these dental bridges.  Both appear very life-like and are matched to the shade of your surrounding teeth to blend in to your smile.

 

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