Crowns are fixed covers or caps that structurally support teeth. They can be either gold or porcelain (tooth color). Crowns are tightly bonded to the tooth and/or teeth and are used to repair teeth that have been badly broken, that have root canal fillings, that are malformed, that are discolored, or that need a better bite (occlusion). The procedure begins by trimming the tooth, then taking an impression (mold) of the top and bottom teeth, then a crown is fabricated to fit over the trimmed tooth and lastly, the crown is then cemented or bonded to complete the restoration of the tooth.
This is all done by our trained dental professionals with the latest dental techniques and comfort in mind. A crown can last up to 10 to 15 years, especially if you pay close attention to the things you chew, avoiding a lot of hard candy and ice for example.
If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, not only can it be a cause for a poor self-image, but it may be affecting your chewing and speaking as well. The good news about modern dentistry is that there are options to help restore your smile. Sometimes called a “fixed denture”, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, which helps maintain the shape of your face as well as alleviating the stress in your bite.
Depending on which type of bridge your dentist recommends, the success of your bridge depends on the foundation of its surrounding teeth. So it is very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong, while benefiting from the esthetic solution a bridge offers to missing teeth.
Veneers are artificial coverings built to cover the forward (labial or buccal) surface of the tooth.
They are used usually for aesthetic purposes only, when there are no other structural concerns or issues.