To restore a damaged smile, all-porcelain crowns and bridges can be beautiful choices.
A crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that's placed over a weak or damaged tooth to improve its shape, size, strength, or appearance.
When a tooth is missing, a bridge can be a good choice for replacing it. In a bridge, an artificial tooth is connected on each end to crowns. The crowns are placed over the neighboring teeth to hold the bridge in place. In many situations, implants are excellent alternatives to bridges.
There are numerous types of crown, such as all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all resin, or all porcelain. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns have a metal lining which can create a dark line at the gum, making the teeth look unnatural.
The most natural looking crown is all-porcelain crown since it does not contain a metal lining. It is also the most common used.
A dental crown may be used to:
• Protect a weak tooth from breaking
• Protect a cracked tooth
• Restore an already broken tooth
• Cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
• Cover a dental implant
On the first visit, we remove the decay and old restorations and shape the tooth. Next we take an impression. The dental lab uses the impression to create a model for crown fabrication. In the meantime, we often place a temporary crown to protect the patient's tooth.
On the next visit, we remove the temporary crown and try in the crown. We make all necessary adjustments and when everything is right, we cement the crown in place.