Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, our dentists can help you choose the best solution. Crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that function and look like natural, healthy teeth.
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, Dr. Mike can help you choose the best solution! Crowns are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that function and look like natural, healthy teeth. Veneers are a less invasive alternative but may only be a solution for those with slight tooth damage or discoloration. These thin porcelain or resin shells come in customizable colors and are bonded to the surface of your teeth. Bridges are a few crowns that are attached together to fill areas that are missing teeth.
A crown, otherwise known as a cap, is custom-fitted to your bite and is placed over your natural tooth or dental implant. Crowns are usually indicated for teeth that have less than half of the natural tooth structure left, have had a past root canal therapy, or if the tooth has a large filling that has failed.
We will reduce the problematic tooth for a proper crown fit
An impression will be taken of your bite for crown fabrication
The color of zirconia prosthetics can then be customized
We will fit you with a temporary crown until the lab makes your permanent one
- You will come in again for permanent crown fitting and delivery
To replace a missing tooth that has neighboring teeth with decay and/or large fillings, or a tooth that has been missing for a long time and there is not enough remaining bone to place an implant, we recommend bridges as opposed to dental implants.
Types of Bridges:
- Traditional — Caps are bonded over teeth that lie on either side of the missing one
- Cantilever — Cap is bonded over a single tooth next to the missing one, this is a rare form of bridge
- Resin-bonded — Porcelain or plastic teeth with gums that are supported by metal “wings”, this is also a rare design as well.
For a less invasive alternative, veneers are an option usually used to correct worn teeth, mild crowding or stained front teeth. If too much crowding is present, braces may be necessary to straighten front teeth before the veneers are performed. When the veneers are complete to keep them from fracturing a night guard is recommended.
Common uses for veneers:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Misshapen or irregular teeth
- Teeth that do not respond to traditional whitening treatments