Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, we can help you choose the best solution. Crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that function and look like natural, healthy teeth. Veneers are a less invasive alternative, but may only be a solution for those with slight tooth damage or discoloration.
A crown, otherwise known as a cap, is custom-fitted to your bite and is placed over your natural tooth or dental implant. We recommend this procedure for those who have an intact tooth that may be damaged or decayed and cannot be properly restored with filling material only. Dental implants are also restored with crowns.
To replace a missing tooth that has neighboring teeth with decay and/or large fillings, or to replace a tooth that has been missing for a long time (i.e. with gum recession and bone loss around the area), we may recommend a bridge as opposed to a dental implant. A traditional bridge involves using adjacent teeth to the missing tooth as anchor teeth, bonding "caps" to each anchor tooth with those "caps" holding your replacement tooth in place.
If you’re looking to cosmetically correct or enhance the appearance of one or more teeth, we may suggest veneers. They are very thin, made of porcelain and you can customize their color and shape. They are less-invasive than traditional crowns.
Common uses for veneers:
- Chipped teeth
- Misshaped or irregular teeth
- Teeth that do not respond to traditional whitening treatments