Crowns

Bridges

Dentures

Crowns

A crown is a covering that will wrap and protect the entire surface of a tooth, allowing it to look and function just like the original tooth. Crowns work to strengthen the tooth while protecting the existing structure, extending the life of the tooth longer that it would be with a filling or another restoration.

 

REASONS FOR CHOOSING A DENTAL CROWN

Dental crowns can correct a variety of problems that you might be experiencing with your teeth:

  • Fractured or broken teeth
  • Severely decayed teeth
  • Cosmetic imperfections
  • Fractured fillings
  • Tooth protection needed after a root canal

 

TYPES OF DENTAL CROWNS

There are three main types of dental crowns available, and we’ll help you choose the right one for your mouth:

All Porcelain: The all porcelain crown is one of the most aesthetically pleasing options, but it is generally only recommended for the front teeth. When placed on the rear teeth, the risk of fracture with these crowns will increase.

 

Gold: Gold crowns are extremely durable, and they are best suited for the back molars where they cannot be seen. Gold crowns are useful for people who clench or grind their teeth. Gold crowns tend to be most similar to your natural teeth, which will allow the tissue to quickly adapt to the restoration, and a minimal amount of your natural tooth structure will need to be removed to have the crown put into place.

Porcelain Fused to Metal: This type of crown will feature a metal base with porcelain attached to the outside, making the restoration more attractive than an entirely metal option. If you want the durability of a gold crown but want your tooth to look as natural as possible, this would be a great selection. Some risk does still exist regarding fractures, but in the event of a chip or break, it is usually just the outer porcelain portion that is damaged.

Preparing tooth

Removing decay

Placing temporary crown

While permanent crown is prepared in the professional dental lab

Next appointment

Crown placement

Bridges

Dental bridges are fixed appliances that will work to restore the structure and function of your teeth after tooth loss. These appliances are non-removable, so they will become a permanent part of your smile. There are many different types of bridges, and we can help you choose the option that is right for your unique dental needs.

A traditional bridge is the most common type of bridge used to treat tooth loss, and it is made of metal and porcelain. The bridge contains two porcelain crowns fused to metal that will slip over two anchoring teeth found on either side of the artificial teeth. The bridge then fills the gap that was created due to tooth loss.

REASONS FOR CHOOSING A FIXED BRIDGE

There are numerous reasons that you might choose a fixed bridge to correct your tooth loss:

  • Restore the smile
  • ¬†Improve your ability to speak and chew normally
  • Maintain your normal face shape
  • Fill in the spaces left by missing teeth
  • Prevent the remaining teeth from shifting positions

There are numerous reasons that you might choose a fixed bridge to correct your tooth loss:

  • Restore the smile
  • ¬†Improve your ability to speak and chew normally
  • Maintain your normal face shape
  • Fill in the spaces left by missing teeth
  • Prevent the remaining teeth from shifting positions

Dentures

When the condition of the teeth has deteriorated so far that they can no longer be repaired, removal is the only option. Dentures are a “replacement” option for missing teeth. There are two variations of dentures: partial dentures and full dentures. The difference between the two lies in how many natural teeth remain.

A complete denture is a removable prosthesis of white plastic teeth in a pink gum-colored plastic base; the denture rests on the remaining gum ridge once all of the teeth in the arch have been removed.

REASONS FOR A FULL DENTURE

  • All teeth missing in the same arch
  • Restore chewing ability
  • Restore a natural looking smile
  • Economical alternative to other procedures