Crowns and Bridges

A crown is a permanent covering that is custom-fitted to rebuild and protect a tooth that has been damaged by a large cavity or cracking. Crowns are most often made out of either porcelain or gold. Porcelain has the most natural appearance, although it is often slightly less durable than gold. For teeth that are badly broken, crowns rebuild the tooth to its natural shape so you can chew comfortably and smile with confidence.

A bridge is one alternative to replace a missing tooth. It is basically an artificial tooth supported by a crown on each side. Bridges prevent shifting of the surrounding teeth which can lead to significant bite problems. They also protect the integrity of the surrounding teeth and restore your natural smile. Like crowns, bridges are cemented into place so they remain permanently in your mouth.