If you have chipped, broken, or missing teeth, a crown or a bridge may be an option for you.

Dental crowns, also known as a dental cap, are placed on top of damaged teeth. They cover and restore the shape of your teeth when fillings don’t solve the problem. Crowns can help regain a tooth’s original shape, size, strength, and appearance. In addition, they provide a protective shell around the original tooth to help prevent future decay or breakage.

If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge can fill the gap with an artificial (false) tooth, thereby “bridging” the space between two teeth. A bridge is typically made of crowns on either side of the missing tooth or teeth with a pontic (false tooth) to fill in the gap. If left unfilled, this space can cause the surrounding teeth to drift out of position.

What should I expect?

A Crown or Bridge will require two appointments. At the first appointment, the tooth will be prepared and shaped so your natural tooth can accommodate the dental crown. To do this local anesthetic will be given. Once the tooth is prepared, impressions will be taken, and a temporary crown will be cemented. The temporary crown will protect your tooth until the lab fabricates your permanent crown.  The temporary crown will be removed at the second appointment, and the permanent crown will be cemented to your natural tooth.