Reasons for Crowns:
- Badly decayed teeth
- Fractured teeth
- Need to protect and strengthen teeth
A crown (often called a cap) covers the tooth and restores it to its original shape and size. Decay is removed and cleaned from the tooth and a highly accurate impression or mold is made of the prepared surface. This mold is used to create a model of the tooth which is then sent to a special laboratory that will create a porcelain (tooth colored) crown. The crown can be bonded to the surface of the tooth.
- Covers and protects tooth
- Restore tooth to its original shape and size
- All porcelain crowns are bonded to teeth
- Saves a fractured tooth that might have to otherwise be removed
Crowns are incredibly strong when created by master ceramists in laboratory who are experts in high quality, custom porcelain restorations. This protects and strengthens the remaining tooth structure. In the hands of a skilled dentist, a crown will fit perfectly onto the prepared surface of the tooth, reducing the size of the seam between the crown and the tooth. This helps keep decay from eventually occurring under the crown.
Crowns placed preventively before fractures or decay affect the nerve can often help prevent the discomfort and expense of root canal therapy.
- Implants or bridges in the event a fractured tooth can not be saved with a crown
An option to replace mission teeth
Reasons for Bridges:
- Missing tooth or teeth
- Potential bite and jaw joint problems from teeth shifting to fill the space
- The “sunken face” look associated with missing teeth
- Desire to improve chewing ability
- Desire for a more permanent solution other than dentures
A bridge is a single appliance that is generally attached to teeth on either side of the space where a tooth is missing. A porcelain tooth attached in the middle of the bridge fills in the gap where the missing tooth was. The teeth on either side of the gap are prepared for crowns (see crowns) and a highly accurate impression or mold is made of the prepared area. This mold is used to create a porcelain (tooth colored) bridge in a special laboratory. Bridges are then bonded onto the sterilized surface of the teeth, effectively creating the appearance of a new tooth.
- Permanently cemented into place
- Looks like individual teeth
- Stabilizes bite and position of teeth
- Protects teeth on either side of space with a crown
Unlike dentures, a fixed bridge is never removed. It is stable in the mouth and works very similar to natural teeth. By filling the gap and stopping the movement of other teeth, a fixed bridge is an excellent investment, providing better chewing ability, heading off jaw joint problems and saving money that might otherwise be spent on future dental treatment.
- Dental implant
In the event that the use of a fixed bridge is not feasible, the best alternative is a dental implant.