Crowns & Bridges
A dental crown is a cap that can be put on top of a tooth, restoring it to its original shape, size, and function. If a tooth has extensive damage from decay, root canal, breaks or fractures, a crown will protect and strengthen the tooth structure that cannot be restored through fillings or other types of restoration. A completed crown will look and feel like a natural tooth.
Crowns are made from a variety of materials including metal alloys, ceramics, porcelain, composite resin, or combinations of these materials. When making a crown, the material is often colored to blend in with your natural teeth. A variety of factors contribute to the decision of what material will work best for your crown including the tooth location, the position of the gum tissue, your preference, the amount of tooth that shows when you smile, the color or shade and function of the tooth.
A dental bridge fills, or bridges, the gap left by one or more missing teeth. Although there are several types of bridges, the traditional porcelain fixed bridge is the most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge is comprised of two crowns that go over two of your natural teeth and are attached to artificial teeth, called pontics, that fill the area of missing teeth. The bridge prevents the remaining teeth from drifting out of position. Highly durable, with proper oral hygiene and checkups, a bridge can last ten years or more.