Crowns and Bridges
If a cavity is too large or the tooth has cracked or fractured, a simple filling is often not possible and it becomes necessary to place a full coverage restoration called a crown. A crown can be made from porcelain or gold and we take the time to discuss the differences. It is important when making these decisions to understand the risks and benefits of both materials. We take the time to make sure you understand your options and allow you to select what best suits your needs.
There are times when a cavity or a broken tooth can be considered non-restorable. When this occurs and the tooth needs to be extracted, one option for tooth replacement is a bridge. A bridge is affixed in the same fashion as a crown, cemented in place and is NOT removable. Procedurally, a bridge and a crown have similarities but accomplish different end results.
Another treatment option we provide when a bridge is not feasible or financially possible is a partial. A partial replaces the missing tooth or teeth with something removable. It can be worn to eat but needs to be removed daily to clean the appliance and it is best not to wear during sleeping hours.