Dental Crowns are a cosmetic restoration designed custom to your needs, that improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen it if it is weak. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have had portions of the tooth destroyed by tooth decay.
A crown is a “cap” cemented onto an existing tooth that fully covers the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.
Your Great Hill dentist may recommend a crown to:
Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
Restore a fractured tooth
Attach a bridge
Cover a dental implant
Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
Onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient remaining tooth strength to hold a filling.
Your crown is created just for you, custom fit to the size you need so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is in place.
Dental bridges “bridge” the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Illustration of a Fixed partial denture bridge
A bridge is two or more crowns made together, for the teeth on either side of the gap and are made from gold, alloys, and/or porcelain materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or dental implants.
For more information about Dental Crowns and Bridges and whether they are the right restorative solution for you, call us today (or use our handy form below). We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.