When a tooth is cracked, decayed, or damaged, a dental crown may need to be fitted onto the tooth. Crowns can help whiten, reshape, and realign existing teeth. It’ll cover your damaged tooth and is a solid replacement for a damaged natural tooth. A crown fits just like a natural tooth because it’s created from impressions of your tooth. After your crown is in place, your tooth will become stronger and last longer.
Crowns are a type of dental restoration that fully cover the portion of a tooth, which lies at and above the gum line. A crown may be recommended to support a weakened tooth where there is more filling than tooth, to protect a tooth with substancial damage or to support and protect brittle teeth after a root canal.
While porcelain crowns and partial crowns are not right for all situations, especially for high-stress chewers and grinders, they are the most tooth-friendly and conservative dental restorations available. By using porcelain material, we can often strengthen and save more of your tooth, which also saves more of your own natural enamel. Fully porcelain crowns are beautiful and will help create a more attractive smile.
A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Teeth adjacent to the space in your mouth can eventually shift into the empty space, which can affect your bite and lead to gum disease or other disorders such as TMJ (temporomandibular joint issues).
A dental bridge is a ceramic structure, spanning the gap left by a missing or extracted tooth. A ceramic tooth is fused between two or more porcelain crowns on either side of the missing tooth that serve as anchors. The anchor teeth are shaped to accommodate the crowns and then a bridge is bonded securely over these teeth.