Dental crowns, also known as caps, cover the entire tooth to conceal cracks, discolorations, misalignments, and other imperfections. They are also used to add strength to an extensively damaged tooth that cannot be fixed with fillings, inlays, or onlays. Crowns also decrease physical discomfort in the teeth, and can vastly improve the overall appearance of a smile. They are also placed on the teeth surrounding a gap to secure dental bridges.
There are many different materials that can be used to make a crown, including metal free materials. Come in today to discuss your options with Dr. Kreitzberg!
Dental bridges are an excellent tooth replacement option for patients who are not good candidates for implants. Bridges fill the gap left by one or more missing teeth. They are made up of one or more artificial teeth that are held in place with dental crowns that are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap. In some cases, dental implants can be used instead of crowns to hold a dental bridge in place.
Placement of a dental bridge can be completed in two or three visits in our office. During the first visit, the surrounding teeth are prepared for crowns and an impression of the area is made. This impression is sent to a dental laboratory so that the bridge can be custom made. During a second visit, the bridge – including the crowns and artificial tooth or teeth – is bonded into place. Because there are several types of dental bridges available, it is important to speak with Dr. Kreitzberg about your options before you decide if this or another method of tooth replacement is right for you.