Crowns and Bridges
Like veneers, crowns and bridges are an excellent way to restore misaligned teeth, repair small gaps, and make your teeth resistant to future problems associated with heavy chewing and staining agents. However, their function is not only to make your smile more complete, as crowns and bridges are often used to repair fractured teeth, severely decayed teeth, or damage due to trauma.
What are Crowns and Bridges?
As the name implies, crowns are a sort of hat that go over the top of an existing tooth. They are single units used for one or two teeth in need of repair. Bridges are actually three or more crowns that are fused together to replace missing teeth.
There are many reasons why a crown is a good choice for restoring and maintaining your smile. The most common reasons for needing a crown include:
- Large amounts of tooth decay that are too big for a filling(s).
- To replace silver and composite fillings.
- To preserve a tooth that has been treated by a root canal.
- To repair stress fractures on and in teeth.
- To repair a broken and/or chipped tooth.
Crown and Bridge Procedures
A tooth is prepared for a crown by shaving away a very small portion of enamel and cementing a gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or all-porcelain or ceramic crown over the natural tooth structure. A bridge is prepared in much the same way; however, instead of preparing just one tooth, two or more teeth on either side of the gap are shaved and readied for a bridge to be cemented.
When you choose experienced doctors and highly-skilled lab professionals, every one of your crowns can be made to your specifications. This includes everything from shaping and fitting them to your unique tooth anatomy to making them in any shade to match your smile.