Crowns and Bridgework
Crowns are made to repair and restore teeth damaged by cracks, large fillings or root canals.
Designed to fit snugly and function as normal teeth, crowns protect your teeth from further damage and correct their natural alignment. The entire tooth is covered or ·capped· in porcelain. This gives us the ability to reshape your smile exactly as you would like it and to change the way your teeth are coming together when you are chewing. For crowns that will show in your smile, we use only porcelain to create them. This eliminates the dark metal line you see in some peoples smile at the edge of their crowns around the gums. Our crowns must look perfectly natural or we will not cement them in. For teeth in the back of the mouth that are used for chewing and will not show in your smile, we do have the lab place a layer of metal under the part of your crown that you will be chewing with. This will give it strength but it will be covered in porcelain and will not show in your smile.
If you have missing teeth, we can create a permanent ‘bridge’ appliance to replace the missing teeth. Not only does a bridge fill the missing space, thereby giving you back a complete smile, it will also prevent the teeth on either side of the space from shifting. It also stops the tooth that chews with it from drifting into the space. A ‘fixed’ bridge is permanently joined onto the neighboring teeth on either side of the toothless area, and consists of three basic units: the false tooth or teeth and two crowns. If healthy adjacent ‘anchor’ teeth aren’t available, a surgically implanted metal post or dental ‘implant’ may be an alternate choice.