Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity, the more likely a crown will be needed. Keep in mind that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body. Teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures. Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. Gold, porcelain/metal combination, and all-porcelain crowns can be chosen. All have their pros and cons and advantages in certain situations. The most common choice is either porcelain with metal or all-porcelain crowns, mainly for cosmetic reasons. It generally takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. Between appointments a temporary crown is worn.
Veneers are very thin, porcelain shells, designed specifically for each patient in regards to color, shape, texture, alignment and character. They are bonded to fit you specifically with the best materials available.
Bridges are made to replace missing teeth. These are made of the same materials as crowns and are a great proven, long-term replacement option. Bridges are only possible if there are good, healthy teeth on either side of the space to be restored, as these teeth are what support the artificial tooth or teeth between. Over the last couple decades, implants are becoming more and more the treatment of choice in replacement options, especially in the front where esthetics are a concern. Both replacement options have benefits and limitations. If you need a tooth replaced and are unsure which option is right for you, simply call for a FREE consultation, and we will gladly go over every option available so you can make the best decision possible.