Veneers, Crowns & Bridges
- Veneers – If you want to make cosmetic changes to your smile, veneers are a great option. A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain covering the front of a tooth. Veneers are used to close spaces between teeth, lengthen teeth or whiten teeth. Veneers can also protect teeth when they are chipped or beginning to wear.
- Crowns – There are many cases where a crown is the restoration that is needed to restore non-functional tooth structure. Normal crown treatment is needed when one of the following occurs: a tooth is cracked, root canal treatment has been completed, when an existing filling is large and is breaking down, or lastly when there is large amount of decay (also known as a cavity). Crowns can be all porcelain, porcelain fused to metal (PFM), gold or a newer crown material of zirconia and emax. Crowns will cover and protect the tooth allowing it to still be functional. Typically a full coverage crown will require two appointments, a prep appointment, then a delivery appointment. During the first appointment, we will prep the tooth, take impressions and send those to a lab to make your crown. Then, during the second appointment, three weeks later, we will deliver and cement your permanent crown.
- Bridges – When a tooth is missing, a bridge may be proposed to restore the missing tooth/space. A bridge helps maintain your bite and restore your smile. It also helps prevent complications that can arise from missing teeth including: Shifting teeth, bone loss, difficulty chewing, clenching/grinding, and pain in the jaw. A bridge is a fixed restoration where it is cemented in the mouth and looks like your natural teeth. A bridge is made up of a “fake” tooth to fill the space of the missing tooth, and attached to the adjacent teeth. If you are missing a tooth, we will discuss the best option to restore the missing tooth, and then if a bridge is indicated will begin the steps necessary to create the bridge.