Crowns (sometimes called caps) can be used to restore fractured or badly decayed teeth. The defective area is removed and built up with a core material. The tooth is shaped, impressions are made, and a temporary is placed. The impressions are sent to the dental laboratory for fabrication. At the second appointment, the temporary is removed, the crown is adjusted, and the fit and color are properly evaluated. The crown is cemented and final adjustments are made. Crowns protect and strengthen tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Bridges are crowns used to replace one or more missing teeth, by spanning the space where the teeth are missing. Gaps left by missing teeth will eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into these spaces, resulting in an “off” bite and eventually, periodontal disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Bridges allow us to use the natural teeth or implant surrounding the gap as anchors to replace the missing tooth and restore your appearance and function.