Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic teeth that are securely cemented onto your existing teeth or dental implants to restore your smile’s health, function, and appearance.
Dental crowns are a versatile restorative and cosmetic dental treatment that can restore the shape, function, and strength of misshapen, damaged, or weakened teeth. Dental crowns are commonly used to:
- Restore decayed, cracked, or broken teeth
- Repairing an expired crown or filling
- Correct bite problems (malocclusions)
- Close gaps between teeth
- Protect a tooth that has undergone endodontic treatment
- Bond a dental bridge
- Complete a dental implant treatment
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that fully encase the targeted tooth, restoring the tooth’s function, appearance, and strength. Dental crowns are available in a variety of materials to create the best treatment outcomes, longevity, and aesthetics.
Full Porcelain Crowns
Full porcelain crowns are made of strong, translucent dental porcelain that closely resembles the color, texture, and appearance of natural teeth. Natural teeth are covered by translucent dental enamel and have layers of colors and shades. By layering different shades of porcelain to blend shades and build translucency, porcelain crowns produce the most natural-looking tooth restorations. Porcelain crowns are an excellent choice for restoring front teeth and for patients with a metal allergy or sensitivity.
Full Metal Crowns
Full metal crowns are renowned for their outstanding strength and longevity. Your back teeth are designed to withstand the force of biting and chewing throughout your entire adult life. With a very low risk of breaking or cracking, a full metal crown can effectively restore your oral health and function. A non-precious metal crown is the most affordable, though may cause an allergic reaction in your mouth’s soft tissues and darkening at the gum line. A precious metal crown is the most compatible with your mouth’s sensitive soft tissues.
Porcelain-Fused-to Metal Crowns
A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown has a metal interior and porcelain exterior, providing the strength of a metal crown and the aesthetic appeal of a porcelain crown. A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown is a great option for visible teeth that assist with chewing.
Missing one or more adjacent teeth can cause your surrounding teeth to shift out of place, altering your smile’s health, appearance, and function. Dental bridges are a cosmetic and restorative dental treatment that “bridge the gap” between one or more missing teeth. In addition to making your smile look and feel complete, dental bridges help keep your existing teeth in place.
A dental bridge consists of a prosthetic tooth (called a pontic) that’s made of porcelain, metal alloys, or a combination of both. The pontic is securely held in place between two or more dental crowns, which are securely cemented onto two or more of your natural teeth or dental implants.
Benefits of Dental Crowns and Bridges
- Appearance. In addition to elevating your oral health and function, repairing a damaged tooth or replacing a missing tooth can enhance your smile’s overall appearance and radiance.
- Function. Dental crowns and bridges can balance your bite and restore your ability to chew and speak normally.
- Longevity. With daily cleaning and routine dental visits, your dental crown or bridge can maintain your smile’s health and beauty for many years.
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