A crown (sometimes known as a cap) covers a tooth to protect it, and was once typically made of gold, or a combination of porcelain and metal. Improved adhesive materials and stronger porcelain have made it possible now for a crown to be made entirely of porcelain, greatly enhancing the appearance of both the prosthesis and your smile!
To restore a damaged tooth, a crown is often recommended when
Some cracks are more likely than others to fracture. A crack near a filling is at much greater risk of fracturing. Cracking of certain types and in certain places may require extraction of the tooth. Two conditions that are very difficult to work with are: a vertical crack close to the tooth’s root; and cracking below the gum line.
A crown can help protect your weakened tooth. The damage from any of these causes (or a combination of them) significantly reduces the integrity of the tooth. The crown allows us to rebuild the tooth, reinforce its structure, and strengthen it.
To accomplish the crowing or “capping”, we file about 1 millimeter from the tooth. The reduced size of the tooth gives us the space we need to accommodate the cap. With the help digital technology, Dr. Berbari will scan your tooth to efficiently construct, produce, and insert individual ceramic restorations directly at the point of treatment (chairside), very often in a single appointment.
A cracked tooth may pass unnoticed for a long time. You may have a cracked tooth if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
Available now, the all-porcelain crown maintains a translucency that is difficult to distinguish from natural teeth. Made with no metal, there is no longer a dark line at the edge of the gums that formerly identified dental crowns. Because of these technological advances (new adhesives and stronger porcelain), it is now possible to have even an entire bridge made of porcelain! Your smile can now be even more beautiful and natural.
A dental bridge is a prosthesis that is fixed to neighboring teeth and that replaces one or more missing teeth. Once a tooth is lost, the neighboring teeth begin to shift, with repercussions throughout the mouth, top and bottom. This makes “now” a good time to replace the missing tooth with a bridge that fills the space and prevents the other teeth from shifting. This structural consideration is important but so is the effect on your appearance and self-confidence of a smile with no gaps!
Just like a bridge across a river, a dental bridge also needs abutments for support. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth provide that support for the porcelain tooth that replaces it.
The procedure to manufacture and install a bridge involves filing the neighboring teeth into a support mechanism for the bridge. The bridge will comprise porcelain replacements for the missing tooth and the teeth that were filed to become abutments (support) for the bridge. Once made, the porcelain bridge is glued onto the new supporting teeth “stubs”. In dental terms, the supporting teeth are crowned, and the porcelain tooth is suspended between them, forming a bridge over the gap caused by the extraction of the missing tooth.