A porcelain crown may be employed to completely cover a tooth that is damaged, cracked or weakened above the gum line. Patients report that the crown often referred to as a ‘cap’, looks and feels almost exactly like their original natural tooth. The crown, shaped and colored to match your teeth, serves as a protection system for the weakened tooth.
The crown process:
A precise “impression” is made of the tooth to be copied. The process involved using a moldable, soft material around the tooth that requires the crown and the nearby teeth. The impression is used by a dental technician who then forms the crown to the exact height and dimensions required.
The patient is fitted with a plastic or metal temporary crown that is fitted over the damaged tooth and worn until the new crown ready for use. Once the beautiful new porcelain crown is ready, it is fitted once again and precise small adjustment are made to the crown to ensure a perfect fit and retention of the natural bite.
Crowns are durable as well as beautiful and with good dental hygiene, a crown can last through years and years of smiles.
Dental bridges are appliances used to replace one or more missing teeth.
When there is a gap between your teeth – a bridge may be used to “bridge” that space. Bridges are composed of three pieces and by attaching artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, fill the open spaces between teeth (abutment teeth).
Most bridges are attached (cemented) to the natural teeth next to the spaces left by the missing teeth. The false tooth, also know as a ‘pontic’ is used to replace each lost tooth.
Because all of your teeth work together thousands of times a day and are used for many functions from talking to eating, it can often be very difficult to eat and speak and sometimes even swallow easily with missing teeth. A bridge can be used to restore your dental health and your appearance.