When the overall strength of a tooth has been compromised due to broken fillings, decay, root canal, or trauma, a crown may be recommended to protect the remaining tooth structure from further damage. True to its name, a crown covers the "crown" of a tooth, which includes the entire surface of the tooth above the gumline. Crowns are made of gold, metal, or natural-looking porcelain.
Because of the ability to customize the shape of teeth and closely match tooth shades, all-porcelain crowns and veneers are used in cosmetic dentistry to brighten and enhance smile appearance.
We also offer our patients the convenience and time savings of having a dental crown completed in a single appointment. Learn more about CEREC® One-Visit Dental Crowns.
In most cases, when a tooth is lost due to disease or trauma, it is important to replace it to protect your bite and preserve healthy jaw bone. Your Smile Center Dentist will evaluate your oral condition carefully to determine the best recommendation for replacement.
A dental bridge is a fixed replacement for missing teeth which relies on adjacent teeth to support a "false" tooth (or multiple teeth) to fill the space created by tooth loss. A bridge can be supported by natural teeth or is sometimes supported by Dental Implants.
As with crowns, bridges are custom-made using restorative materials such as semi-precious metals, gold, or porcelain, depending on the location in the mouth and necessary tolerance to biting and chewing.
Dental implants offer the option to replace a single missing tooth without disturbing surrounding teeth and may be the preferred solution if the gum tissue and supporting bone are healthy.