Crowns & Bridges
In cases where a tooth has been extensively damaged, a dental crown may provide the best and most conservative restoration. A cap that fully covers a tooth, a dental crown restores function and form to a damaged tooth, bringing it back to its perfect size and shape. As such, the tooth regains the strength necessary to withstand the pressure of chewing. A dental crown may be made of metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-porcelain, or ceramic. The most suitable material will be determined during the consultation for treatment, based on factors such as the location of the tooth being treated, and cost.
A crown may be the optimal treatment in a number of instances, such as:
- To repair a tooth with a large cavity, or replace a large filling
- To minimize sensitivity in a tooth cracked by an old filling
- To decrease the risk of fracture in a weak tooth
- To cosmetically improve a severely discolored or misshapen tooth
- To cover a dental implant
- To anchor a bridge
Dental bridges, which include two dental crowns, are used to replace a tooth that has been lost. Replacing a lost tooth is important, as all teeth work in conjunction to facilitate speech and chewing, and keep the smile looking its best. In fact, a lost tooth can impact the facial structure, altering the natural shape of cheeks and lips. Lack of teeth in the back of the mouth tends to make the cheeks look sunken in, creating an aged appearance.
A dental bridge, which may be removable or fixed, fills the empty space left by a lost tooth. A fixed bridge is one that is bonded into place for a permanent restoration. The appliance is affixed to two dental crowns, which are cemented onto the teeth adjacent to the gap. In between the dental crowns sits the pontic, or artificial tooth.
Crowns and bridges are fabricated to match the color of natural teeth perfectly. The materials used do not respond to teeth whitening. Before receiving a dental crown or bridge, discuss the benefits of professional whitening with Dr. Noor.