Crowns, Bridges & VeneersOur Services
Crowns are a very commonly used in dentistry for a variety of reasons. A crown (sometimes referred to as a “cap”) is a full coverage restoration that is permanently cemented over the existing tooth. The crown fits over the entire tooth, down to the level of the gums. Some of the common reasons that crowns are used are:
- To restore broken or cracked teeth
- To seal and protect back teeth that have had a root canal procedure
- To restore teeth that are too badly damaged by cavities or fractures to hold a filling
- To restore teeth that have been badly damaged by wear
Today’s crowns are strong and very esthetic. They are made to match the surrounding teeth and improve the look of your smile. Most crowns used are tooth colored, but metal crowns can be used in certain situations. Dr. Waters takes a conservative approach, attempting to save the natural tooth structure whenever possible, but crowns area necessary part of general dentistry.
A bridge is a prosthetic tooth that is connected to one or more crowns on the sides of a missing tooth space. The crowns that hold the bridge must be placed on healthy, sturdy teeth for the restoration to work properly. Dental bridges can be porcelain (ceramic), metal, or a combination of the two. A bridge is permanently cemented to the adjacent teeth, and can function well as a strong, yet beautiful way to restore your smile.
Veneers are very thin porcelain restorations that are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are most often used on front teeth to correct problems such as misalignment, small fractures, discoloration, or gaps between the teeth. Porcelain veneers can yield an esthetic result that is unmatched by other dental materials. They can be used to restore one tooth, or all the visible teeth in your smile.