Crowns or "Caps"
Crowns can be used as an aesthetic, preventative, or protective coverage for your tooth. If you have a tooth that is not the same size, shape, or shade of your other teeth we can make it beautiful just like other teeth using a crown. Crowns are available in variety of different materials that can be matched with your other teeth. Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown.
Crowns are also used as a protective cover for teeth with large fillings. Filling materials are weaker than your tooth structure and when they are large, there is always a chance that they may fail or that the natural tooth structure around the filling can fracture off. In order to prevent this from happening, we recommend a crown to protect your tooth. Crowns are also used to repair a broken or misshapen tooth.
Bridges are used to replace the gap of one or more missing teeth in your mouth. Replacing missing teeth will restore your ability to properly chew and speak. The spaces that are left from missing teeth may lead to adjacent teeth shifting into the area of missing teeth which may then cause misalignment in your bite. The shifted teeth are harder to clean and make them more susceptible to gum disease.
Bridges are fixed and are cemented to your existing teeth. Using your existing teeth as two "bookends", bridges are anchored to crowns covering two adjacent teeth to the missing teeth area. The bridges are made to give functional ability to the area with missing teeth. Bridges can be made from gold, metal, or porcelain.