Functional and Cosmetic Restorations
Sometimes, due to tooth damage or tooth decay, patients lose their ability to chew properly. Fortunately, using bridges and crowns, we can restore compromised teeth so they look and feel natural, and you'll be able to eat the foods you love again.
If a tooth has been injured or has significant decay, a dental crown
may be a good option. A dental crown is a dental restoration that covers the outside of the tooth, at and above the gum line. They are usually made from porcelain. The two main reasons crowns are placed are for function or for a more attractive appearance.
The steps for crowning a tooth:
- Your dentist will numb the area.
- The tooth will be shaped to fit inside the crown.
- Your dentist will take an impression.
- The impression will be sent to a lab to make the custom crown.
- A temporary crown is placed until your next visit.
- At your next visit your permanent crown is cemented to your tooth.
If teeth are damaged beyond repair or are missing, a dental bridge
is a way to restore function and fill the gaps in your smile. A fixed bridge relies on adjoining teeth for support. The natural teeth on either side of the gap are crowned and used to support a crown or crowns to fill the gap.
Your crown or bridgework will look and feel as comfortable as your natural teeth. Restored teeth should also be cared for with the same good oral hygiene: brushing, flossing, and regular visits to your dentist