A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged, or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin, or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance, which is why we often place porcelain crowns.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth – covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance. A crown, when cemented into place, fully encases the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
The treatment plan for a crown involves:
This process generally consists of a minimum of two to three visits over a three to four week period.
Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime.
A dental bridge is a fixed appliance used to replace one or more missing teeth. These appliances are cemented into place and cannot be removed by the patient.
The bridge is constructed of three or more crowns that are fused together, covering the open space as well as the teeth on either side of the missing tooth; hence, "bridging" the gap. There is a pontic tooth (false tooth) for every missing tooth being replaced and what's called an abutment tooth for every supporting tooth. Similar to the crown procedure, there is a waiting time between appointments. You will wear an acrylic temporary for three weeks while the lab customizes your bridge. This procedure takes two appointments.
If you are missing teeth and would like to discuss your different options to get you on your way to optimal oral health and a beautiful, functional smile please contact the office and we would be happy to set you up with a consultation.