Crowns and Bridges
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. Used to strengthen, restore or improve the appearance of your natural tooth, a crown is placed over a carefully prepared tooth structure.
Crowns are an important part of many dental procedures, such as a fixed porcelain bridge, dental implants and after a root canal treatment. Porcelain crowns can also be used to cosmetically restore your smile. If your smile teeth are too short, have gaps, fractures, large old fillings or serious decay, porcelain crowns can be a wonderful option to restore your smile in just a few visits!
Reasons for crowns:
- Broken, fractured or decayed teeth.
- Cosmetic enhancement.
- Fractured fillings.
- Large fillings.
- Tooth has a root canal.
Types of Crowns:
- Porcelain Fused-to-Metal Crowns
- Full Ceramic Crowns
- Full Gold Crowns
- Partial Coverage gold or ceramic crowns
Dr. Jaheen will take the time to discuss the best crown treatment that is suited for your finest oral health.
A dental bridge is a custom, fixed (non-removable) prosthesis that is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth when you have good anchor teeth on either side of the empty area. The adjacent teeth are carefully prepared for crowns to serve as anchors (abutments) to hold the prosthetic replacement teeth (pontics) in place. There are several types of bridges. Dr. Jaheen will discuss the best options for your particular case. The type of bridge and the materials used for the prosthesis depend on:
- Aesthetics: Color match and appearance
- Form: The contour of the bridge must conform to the surrounding tissue in a natural healthy position
- Function: Chewing and biting accuracy
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- Replace one or more missing teeth.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position or super-erupting.
- Restore chewing and speaking ability.
- Restore your smile and maintain facial contours.
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years to provide you with optimal form, esthetics and function. Contact our office today to learn more about dental bridges!