Crowns & Bridges
Provide strength to a tooth that is otherwise working at 60% strength load
When a tooth has been damaged, broken or decayed to the point where there is not enough tooth structure left to place a filling, a crown will be recommended. A crown, or commonly referred as a cap is a fixed prosthetic, and as its name describes, is replacing the crown of the tooth.
For a crown to be placed, two appointments are required. At the first appointment the tooth is reduced, any decay removed, and reshaped. An impression of the reshaped tooth is taken and sent to a dental labratory to be fabricated, and a temporary crown will be placed to protect the tooth.
Once the completed crown has been made, the dentist will remove the temporary crown, and try the new crown to be sure that it fits properly in place. Once the bite has been checked, the permanent crown will be cemented into place.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. Over time the gaps that are left by missing teeth, eventually cause the remaining teeth to shift, rotate, and drift into the spaces. This can cause bite problems, as well as a unpleasing appearance.
Like crowns, bridges are also a fixed prosthetic. A bridge is also sometimes referred to as a fixed partial denture. The immediate remaining natural teeth on either side of the area are reshaped, and act as anchors (abutments) to the replacement tooth (pontic). To prepare the area for the bridge requires two appointments. The first appointment is to reshape the natural supporting teeth for the bridge, as well to take an impression, a temporary bridge placed to protect the prepared area. Once the final bridge has been fabricated, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge, and sit the permanent bridge, and check the bite, and cement the fixed bridge into place.
Full Mouth Porcelain Crowns
Implant Supported Crowns
Conventional Implant Supported Bridge
Screw Retained Implant Supported Bridge
Implant Supported Bridge Superstructure with Individually Cemented Crowns
Implant Supported Bridge Cemented to Custom Abutments
Fixed Detachable Hybrid Implant Supported Bridge