Bridges and Crowns
Bridges and crowns are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants by your dentist. A dental crown, also known as a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth or cover an implant. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A dentist will often recommend porcelain crowns for the restoration work of upper and/or lower front teeth. Porcelain crowns replace the exterior portion of a tooth to re–establish its original function and to create a natural appearance. The great benefit to porcelain crowns is they can not only replicate the original tooth in function, but can be designed to look like the original–or even better.
A porcelain bridge is very useful when replacing a couple of teeth that are no longer viable. Dental porcelain is a great product because it can be sculpted to replicate the look of natural tooth enamel. Porcelain is also very durable, will withstand most natural tooth functions, and can vividly mimic tooth enamel with its glass-like whiteness and translucence, which allows light to penetrate and scatter as it does with natural organic teeth.
Dental Crown Lengthening:
A dental crown lengthening procedure is used to correct a “gummy” smile where your teeth are covered with excess gum tissue. During the dental crown lengthening procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth, to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.
Crown lengthening is done when a tooth needs to be fixed. Sometimes, not enough of the tooth sticks out above the gum to support a filling or crown. This can happen when a tooth breaks off at the gum line. It can also happen when a crown or filling falls out of a tooth and there is decay underneath. To place a filling or crown, your dentist needs to expose more of the tooth by removing some gum tissue or bone.
Call our office to discuss in more detail which procedure is best for you.