Crown & Bridge

A crown is used to cover and strengthen teeth that are structurally weakened.  It protects the entire surface of the tooth, restoring it to its original shape and size.  A crown may be recommended if your tooth is fractured, has an excessively large filling, is severely damaged by cavities, or is in danger of cracking if left untreated. Crowns can be made out of various materials, ranging from tooth colored porcelain to long-lasting gold alloys.

"It doesn't hurt doc, so why do I need a crown?"

On a weekly, if not daily, basis, we see emergencies where people present with tooth pain.  Often, they find it difficult to chew on a particular tooth, and it is usually cold sensitive.  Nine times out of ten, the culprit is a tooth with an excessively large filling. 

The treatment for a cracking tooth can range from a crown, to a root canal plus crown, or extraction.  Once things reach the emergency stage, treatment outcomes become less predictable.  As a rule of thumb, teeth that have more filling than actual tooth should be protected with a crown. 

A bridge is one of the ways we can replace a missing tooth or teeth. It is essentially multiple crowns fused together and cemented over the remaining teeth. With today’s technology, a bridge can be made to appear very lifelike and natural. However, unlike a dental implant which does not involve adjacent teeth, a bridge requires potentially damaging work on neighboring teeth.