Restoring your smile’s natural beauty
Each of our 32 natural teeth was designed and positioned to share the task of chewing and smiling with incredible beauty and efficiency. Crowns and bridges were developed to restore badly damaged or missing teeth to their natural beauty and performance.
A crown – sometimes called a cap – is usually made of gold, porcelain, or a special plastic material. We prepare the tooth for an impression and plaster model so our dental laboratory can create a custom-fitted crown that looks and functions like your real tooth. Once we permanently cement the new crown into place, your smile will look, feel, and work exactly as nature designed it to.
A bridge is a combination of crowns and artificial teeth. Bridges can close the gap left by one or more missing teeth, restoring the look of your smile, and redistributing the workload more evenly. Others are permanently bonded to your healthy teeth with crowns. In some cases, we might suggest an artificial tooth implanted right into your jawbone.
Sometimes we can use crowns and bridges to prevent damage along with more extensive and costly dental work. For example, if we wait until a large filling falls apart, we risk weakening the nerve of the tooth or fracturing the root. Early, preventive treatment on a high-risk tooth not only saves time and money, but it may also save your tooth.