If you have a tooth with extensive damage or decay you may need more than just a filling to fix it. Crowns, bridges, and veneers are custom fabricated to repair a significantly damaged tooth. Crowns are used to cover and protect a tooth and bridges are used to replace a missing tooth. Veneers are used to restore damaged or discolored teeth in the front of your mouth. These restorations look and feel like natural teeth.
A crown is sometimes referred to as a “cap”. It is custom fabricated to fit over the remaining tooth structure or implant.
The cavity is removed and the tooth is reduced to allow room for the new crown in your bite
A mold of the tooth is taken
We choose a color to match your other teeth
We make a temporary crown for you to wear while your custom crown is made at a lab
You return in about two weeks to have your permanent crown cemented in
If a tooth is missing an implant is our first choice but it’s not the only choice. There are several reasons you may choose a bridge instead. A bridge consists of two “caps” fused to a “fake” tooth in between. If the two teeth on either side of the space have extensive decay or damage a bridge is a good choice. The procedure for a bridge is very similar to the procedure for a crown.
Veneers are a good option to make cosmetic changes to your smile. They can fix the appearance of discolored, misshapen, or chipped teeth. Veneers are custom fabricated at the lab to make your smile as white and bright as you want!