Crowns and Bridges
You might have heard of crowns, as often times people call them “caps.” Over time, our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, and discoloration. If we notice that a tooth is decayed, weakened, or cracked, we may recommend a crown as the best treatment for your tooth. Sometimes the cavity is so big that a filling is not sufficient.
Crowns can be made of metal, porcelain, or a combination of both. Porcelain will allow us to match the crown to the shade of the crown to the shade of your tooth. The process of installing a crown usually takes two visits. In the first visit, we prepare the tooth and take an impression. The impression is sent to the lab so that the crown may be fabricated. Once the crown is back from the lab, we schedule an appointment to cement the crown.
Bridges are similar to crowns, except they are used to replace one or more missing teeth. This is a permanent fixture and not removable from your mouth. A cap replaces the missing tooth and is held in place by connecting to a capped tooth on either side of the missing space.