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Crowns

Crowns & Bridges

A dental crown restores a tooth's shape, size, and strength. It fully encases the visible portion of your tooth or dental implant. Once it is permanently bonded in place, only a dentist or other dental specialist can remove it.

A dentist may prescribe a crown to:

After a thorough exam of your teeth and gum, the dentist will discuss treatment options and answer questions with you.

Crown Types

Your dentist will recommend the best type of crown for your dental restoration needs based on the chewing placement and structure of the tooth or implant that requires protection.

There are three types of crowns. Each type has its own characteristics and qualities:

  1. Full Porcelain
    Porcelain crowns are strong, stable, and highly resistant to wearing. These types of crowns offer a high level of biocompatibility they do not contain metal.

    A porcelain crown provides the best natural color match to the rest of your teeth, making an excellent choice for front teeth.
  2. Full-Metal
    Metal crowns offer strength and endurance. A metal crown may be recommended for back teeth where the forces of biting and chewing are the greatest. In addition, these types of crowns require minimal removal of tooth structure.

    A base metal crown is often the least expensive treatment options; however, it lacks biocompatibility and may cause allergic reactions or discoloration to the gum-line.
  3. Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal
    Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns offer the benefits of a natural surface color that resembles the rest of your teeth and the strength of a metal substructure.

    Although there are several advantages to this type of crown, it requires the removal of more tooth structure than other types of crowns.

A putty-like material is used to make impression of your prepared teeth. Your crown will be fabricated for a precise fit based on this impression.

You will be fitted with a temporary crown to protect your tooth/implant and gums until your permanent crown has been fabricated.

During a second office visit, your dentist will fit your permanent crown and bond it to your tooth or dental implant.



Fillings

Fillings

A filling repairs, restores, and strengthens a damaged tooth. Most damages occur decay, fracture, or wear. If tooth decay is not repaired at its early stages, it will worsen and additional or alternative dental treatments may be necessary.

With proper care and good oral hygiene, a filling can last 5-12 years, depending upon the type of filling.

The most common early warning sign of enamel loss due to tooth decay is tooth sensitivity. While there could be a number of reasons for this sensation, only your dentist can diagnose its underlying cause.

A filling is often prescribed when:

The Process:

After a thorough examination, your dentist will discuss treatment options with you and answer any questions you may have. Next: