Dental Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are full-coverage reformations used to cover individual teeth likely to break or have broken beyond repair by dental fillings. These repairs are most commonly needed after a root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity, the more likely a crown will be required. Crowns, like caps, are fitted over the weakened tooth after dental work. The tooth and crown provide strength and protects the capped tooth and surrounding teeth against more breakage.
Crowns are made of gold, porcelain/metal combination, and complete porcelain. Each material has their own pros and cons and advantages in certain situations. The most common choice of material picked for cosmetic reasons is either porcelain with metal or all-porcelain crowns. This process generally takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. During the space of the two appointments a temporary crown is worn.
Dental Bridges are made to replace missing or pulled teeth. Just as a road bridge spans an opening between two posts, so do Dental bridges span the space between two teeth. Bridges are only possible if there are good, healthy teeth on either side of a space to be restored. These strong teeth are what support the bridged teeth. Dental bridges are made of the same materials as crowns and have proven to be a great, long-term replacement option.
Over the last couple decades, implants have become a preferred treatment of choice in replacement options. Both bridges and implant replacements have their benefits and limitations. If you need a tooth or set of teeth replaced and are unsure which option is right for you, just call for a FREE consultation, and we will go over every option available so you can make the best decision for you.