Dental Crowns & Bridges

Dental Crowns & Bridges

If you have a missing, damaged, or decayed tooth in need of repair, we offer a wide variety of dental crown and bridge options. We can restore your functionality and get you back to your normal life.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a type of restoration that completely covers your natural tooth, restoring its strength and integrity. You may need a crown if you have :

  • Large areas of decayed tooth.
  • A broken or cracked tooth.
  • Your tooth has been injured in some way.

What crown and bridge material options do you offer?

We choose the material depending on your specific needs.

  • e.max. Very nice esthetics and good durability. A very natural-looking crown.
  • Zirconium. Highly durable. Often used for molars and other areas where the strength is needed. Can also be layered with porcelain for exceptional esthetics.
  • Porcelain fused to metal. Used in areas that need the added strength of the metal base. Still aesthetically pleasing due to the tooth-colored porcelain.

What is a dental bridge?

Bridges are designed to replace one or more missing teeth by using teeth adjacent to the missing teeth to support the bridge. In its simplest form, you can think of it like a bridge across a stream.  A road bridge has to be solidly anchored to each shore so it can support the span across the water, allowing normal traffic to safely use the road.  A dental bridge uses strong teeth on either side of the missing tooth to support a false tooth that looks and functions just like the tooth it replaces. This is a very natural-looking dental restoration and will keep your supporting teeth from shifting out of place due to the gap. Because the teeth in the bridge are fastened together when the bridge is made, floss will need to be manipulated differently to effectively clean the teeth holding the bridge and where the false tooth (known as a pontic) rests gently on the gum tissue.  We will be sure to show you how to do this.

What are the alternatives to fixed bridges?

Dental bridges can make sense where teeth adjacent to a missing tooth already need crowns. However, if the teeth adjacent to a missing tooth are pristine, it makes no sense to grind them down to support a bridge. A dental implant supported crown does not involve the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth it replaces. Implants are inserted into the jawbone, mimicking the function of a tooth root in the bone and thereby stimulating and preserving the bone in that area. Over time, fixed bridges tend to allow the bone where the tooth root is missing to degrade due to the lack of tooth root in the bone. If you are interested in a dental implant solution to your missing teeth, learn more about your options here.