Crowns, Bridges and Veneers

Crowns, Bridges and Veneers

Traditional Crowns & CEREC® Crowns

A crown is a restoration that covers, or caps, a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size. Its purpose is to strengthen the tooth, as well as improve the appearance of a tooth. Crowns are placed for a variety of reasons. They can restore teeth when there isn’t enough tooth remaining, provide support for large fillings, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth,cover badly shaped or discolored teeth or cover dental implants.

In addition to traditional crowns, our office is now also able to provide CEREC® crowns. The main difference between a CEREC® crown vs. a traditional crown is that they are able to be made same day in office. While traditional crowns have to be sent off to a dental lab for creation, CEREC® crowns are designed and milled in office. With CEREC® crowns, no impressions are needed. Instead, the impression is taken digitally and then sent to the computer software system for the dentist to design and form the crown to more precise margins.

Implant-Retained Crowns

If you are self-conscious about missing teeth or wearing dentures, there’s an alternative that may be right for you: dental implants. Dental Implants are one option for replacing missing or badly diseased teeth.  A dental implant offers comfort and stability and, by virtue of the artificial tooth it supports, is a restoration that is the closest thing to a natural tooth.

Bridge

A fixed dental bridge replaces a space from a missing tooth or teeth. It is called a fixed bridge because it is not removable. A bridge is a structure, supported by teeth on either side of a space. Dental bridges improve your dental health by replacing the missing teeth so you can chew food properly, prevent speech problems, prevent shifting of teeth and can restore lip and facial support.

Veneer

Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size, or length.