When a tooth is fractured, has a large old filling, or is severely damaged by decay, the placement of a
crown may be recommended. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your
smile. Types of crowns include the full porcelain crown, the porcelain-fused-to-metal crown and the all-metal crown.
Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to the dentist's office. Initially, the Dentist removes decay
and shapes the tooth. He then makes an impression of the tooth. The next step involves making and fitting a temporary crown
of plastic or metal. In a subsequent visit, the dentist removes the temporary crown, and fits and adjusts the final crown.
Once in place, the crown is then permanently cemented.
Few incidents have a greater impact on dental health and personal apperance than tooth loss. When one or
more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can drift out of position, which can lead to a change in the bite, the loss of
additional teeth, decay and gum disease.
When tooth loss occurs, a bridge may be recommended. A bridge is one or more replacement teeth anchored
by one or more crowns on each side.
The placement of a bridge begins with the preparation of teeth on each side of the space to receive crowns.
An impression of the entire area is taken, and a temporary bridge is placed for the interim. In a subsequent visit, the bridge
will be placed, adjusted, and cemented.