Crowns and bridges are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged, or to take the place of missing teeth. A crown, also referred to as a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment.
Crowns may be used to:
- Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
Dr. Knable has been doing digital crown fabrication in his office since 2008. He was trained as a dental lab tech before dentistry and enjoys the precise nature of our Cerec system and the control he has over quality. He personally creates every crown fabricated in our office and ensures the highest quality both in regards to the fit as well as its esthetics.
A bridge is one method to fill the space created by missing teeth. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support, hence the name. This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.
Implant crowns are the best option for replacing a missing tooth as it looks, feels, and functions as close to a natural tooth as we can achieve at the moment. It is not dependent on the surrounding teeth for support and does not require the dentist to reshape the teeth on either side.