Crowns, Bridges, Veneers & Onlays
Dental crowns preserve the functionality of damaged teeth. A dental crown may be used to protect a cracked tooth, restore functionality of a tooth with excessive decay, or replace an existing crown. The purpose of a dental crown is to encase a needy tooth with a custom-designed material. During the dental crown procedure, your dentist prepares the tooth and makes a molded impression of the teeth that is sent to a dental laboratory. Our office creates a temporary crown during this visit to protect the tooth while the final restoration is being made in the dental laboratory. Once completed, the permanent crown is cemented or adhesively bonded at a later visit.
Similar to a crown, onlays preserve the functionality of damaged teeth but allow us to be as conservative as possible with tooth reduction. It’s important to us to save as much of your tooth as possible while providing the protection that it needs. Onlays can be made from a variety of material, the most popular being E-max (tooth colored) and Gold.
Dental Bridges are used to restore an area where a tooth is missing between two other teeth. The process is very similar to getting a standard crown or cap. The two teeth on either side of the space left by the missing tooth are prepared for crowns and an impression is taken of the area of the missing tooth. This impression is sent to a dental lab to have the bridge fabricated.
A veneer is a layer of material placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect the tooth's surface from damage. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer: composite and dental porcelain. Minimal tooth structure needs to be removed for veneers to be placed.