Crown & Bridge

What is a crown?

A crown is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, which restores the tooth to its original shape and size.  A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. We can give suggestions based on your situation.

The process of installing a crown takes 2 visits. On the first visit, the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before the procedure to relieve pain. A mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.

The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned from the lab. We will make appointment for you to place and fit the permanent crown. Crowns are durable and will usually last long. You should care for it with regular brushing and flossing.

What Are Dental Bridges?

When a tooth is missing, a bridge may be the ideal treatment. Bridges literally bridge the gap between the teeth by anchoring an artificial tooth between two dental crowns that are placed on either side of the gap.

If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause adjacent teeth shifting.