A crown is used to cap or cover a tooth to help restore it to its normal size.
Common reasons that a crown is needed:
Crowns can also be used for cosmetic purposes to make a tooth look longer and whiter. No matter what the reason, if you are interested in getting a crown, give us a call to set up a consultation.
The first step of the crown process involves preparing the tooth. This will involve removing parts of the outer layer of the tooth, if necessary, to make room for the crown. An implant is made of the area so a lab can create a custom crown.
A temporary crown is placed on the tooth until the permanent crown is ready. Your dentist will make any necessary changes, and once you and your dentist are happy, it is cemented in place.
A bridge is used to bring stability to a spot where a tooth is missing. Teeth require their neighbors to help spread the chewing workload, so a missing tooth can throw off this balance. They can shift, the opposite tooth can start coming out, and place extra stress on certain areas of the mouth.
A bridge works by filling the space where a tooth is missing. Instead of being affixed via a dental implant, it is held in place with the support of crowns attached to neighboring teeth. This overall support greatly helps in preventing damage that can occur from a missing tooth.