• Bridges: A bridge is a great way to replace a missing tooth. Your bridge can be made from diverse materials such as gold and porcelain, and is bonded onto the surrounding teeth for support. A bridge consists of two crowns on either end and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth.
    • Creating a bridge starts by preparing your existing teeth as abutments to which the bridge will be attached. After the abutments have been created, an impression is taken and sent to the lab. Once returned, the new bridge will then be cemented onto the abutments.
    • The success of the bridge depends on its foundation: the other teeth upon which it lies. Therefore, it’s very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.
  • Crowns: Crowns are a restorative procedure used to improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay. A crown is cemented onto an existing tooth and extends all the way to your gum line. They can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Crowns are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. A dental crown, also known as a “cap”, is placed over a natural tooth or implant, to help restore strength, size and color of the existing tooth. The crown is made up of dental cement which is then fabricated by the dental hygienist to match the crown outside of the mouth. Methods used to fabricate the cap for the tooth (outside of the mouth) include intense heat, such as casting metal or firing porcelain.