Porcelain crowns are caps placed over the surface of teeth, becoming the tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns reinforce weakened teeth, mask cracks, and hide discoloration. They are often placed on a tooth after root canal therapy. Crowns can restore severely damaged teeth, correctly align a patient’s bite, improve the overall appearance of a smile, or serve as anchors for a dental bridge. Your dentist will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different materials a crown can be made from.
Dentures replace missing teeth. Conventional dentures are removable, however some dentures bond or clasp onto teeth or dental implants. Are there alternatives to dentures? Yes, dental implants can be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. Implants and bridges more closely resemble the feel of real teeth, but the cost is greater and not everyone is a candidate for implants. Consult your dentist for advice.
Dental bridges are usually placed in two visits. In the first visit, the dentist will prepare the teeth surrounding the gap, then take an impression and place a temporary bridge. The impression is used as a guide for the crafting of the bridge’s false tooth and crowns. You will wear the temporary bridge until your next appointment, during which your permanent bridge will be cemented into place, fitted, checked, and adjusted.