A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that restores the size, shape, appearance, and function of a damaged tooth. The most common reasons a crown is needed are tooth decay or damage. Most crowns take at least 2 visits. At the first appointment, the decayed or damaged tooth structure is removed, and the tooth is trimmed to down to create room for the crown to fully cover the tooth. We will place a temporary crown to protect your tooth while the final zirconia or porcelain crown is being fabricated. At the second appointment, your new crown is tried in and adjusted. Once the fit and esthetics are approved, your crown will be secured to the tooth with dental cement.
A bridge, as the name suggests, literally “bridges” the gap created by one or more missing teeth (if they are adjacent to one another). Most bridges consist of two dental crowns, linked together by a pontic, or prosthetic tooth. A porcelain bridge should be virtually indistinguishable from your surrounding teeth. Besides restoring the esthetics of your smile, a bridge can also prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of their proper positions.
Some people have multiple oral health problems simultaneously. If these issues are significant enough to affect daily dental function, we may suggest full mouth rehabilitation. We will thoroughly assess all of your dental needs and formulate a plan to create a plan to protect and maintain your teeth if possible, replace teeth as needed, and generally improve the function and esthetics of your mouth. Full mouth rehabilitation may incorporate a variety of the restorative options listed above to achieve an ideal outcome.
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