If you have large visible old silver fillings when you speak or smile, teeth with large cavities, cracked or discolored teeth, uneven shaped teeth, spaces between your teeth, rotated or mal-aligned teeth, severely worn down teeth, crowns may be the best solution for you. Crowns are full coverage restorations that are natural looking and give the appearance of a perfect smile.
A crowned tooth can be matched to adjacent teeth so that it blends in with the rest of your smile or you may choose to brighten your smile and then have your crown blended to match. In cases where patients have spaces or crowding of teeth or mal-aligned teeth, restoring teeth with crowns takes much less time than the alternative treatment with braces.
Teeth that have had root canal therapy or that have large restorations benefit from crowns because crowns splint the teeth providing strength and longevity to withstand the chewing forces in the mouth. Crowns are also placed on dental implants to help you chew and function optimally.
There are several different types of crowns such as all porcelain crowns, porcelain to metal crowns, and all gold crowns. Porcelain crowns are the most esthetic crowns. They contain no metal understructure. This enables them to blend more completely with surrounding natural teeth and gives the crown a life like appearance. If you have large visible fillings when you speak or smile, crowns can eliminate the metallic look. Your dentist can place a natural looking crown that blends in with the rest of your smile.
Bridges are restorations to replace missing teeth. If a patient has a space due to a missing adult tooth that would have normally been a successor to the primary (baby) tooth or if a tooth was extracted, a bridge is a good solution. A bridge can be done as long as there are healthy teeth on either side of the space. The teeth on either side of the space are reduced to a specific shape/height. Then an impression is taken to fabricate the bridge which covers the teeth on either side of the space as well as the missing teeth.
Crowns and bridges are non-surgical/non-invasive restorations that are usually completed in two appointments.
If you would like to have porcelain crowns placed on your teeth, the first step is scheduling a free consultation with one of our doctors. During your initial consultation we will evaluate your teeth and determine if you are a candidate for porcelain/ceramic crowns.