Dental crowns are “caps” for teeth or implants that mimic the look, feel and function of your natural tooth crown. This is just the area that you see above the gumline. We commonly use crowns to protect teeth that have been damaged, suffer from extensive decay, are malformed or have been treated by a root canal. Once the crown is placed over your tooth, the damaged areas will be protected from further harm or discomfort and the crown will allow you to chew again naturally. When used to restore a dental implant, crowns are permanently cemented to the abutment above the gumline and is designed to look and function just like a natural tooth. In both cases, our team can make crowns that are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth!
A dental bridge is a series of crowns connected together that are used to span the gap of a missing tooth or multiple teeth. We will attach the bridge to two abutment teeth that surround the empty space. This will cover the space missing a tooth with the crown and allow you to bite, chew, and speak naturally again. This bridge will also look natural within your smile, restoring self-confidence. However, the bone under the bridge is not stimulated by a tooth root, so it may begin to deteriorate, which can alter your bite and facial shape over time. A solution to this is to restore lost bone volume with bone grafting treatments or to replace the missing tooth with a dental implant.