Crown and Bridges

A crown, also referred to as a cap, is a tooth-shaped cover placed over a tooth to provide strength to a tooth that is badly damaged or decayed. We prepare the tooth for a crown by reducing the tooth on all sides by about 1 -1 1/2 mm, just enough room for the crown to fit on top of the tooth and be uniform with the rest. We then take an impression of the prepared tooth and send it to a lab to make the permanent crown. The patient goes home with a temporary crown made of acrylic material. The patient returns in approximately 3 weeks for insertion of the permanent crown.

A bridge is a tooth replacement option used to replace a missing tooth by joining a pontic (fake tooth) permanently to the adjacent teeth on each side of the missing area. The teeth on each side of the missing area are crowned and the pontic is attached to each crown.