A crown is sometimes called a “Cap”. As the name makes it sound the procedure is designed to cover the entire top of the tooth. Crowns are used as a long lasting solution that keeps your teeth strong, beautiful and comfortable to chew on.
During the procedure we shave a small amount off the biting surface and sides of the tooth and cement the cap over the top. The tooth is thus held together, preventing part of the tooth from splitting off or the tooth from breaking in half. This is often necessary when the tooth is severely damaged by large cavities, but crowns are also used when the tooth has already broken. They provide a long lasting stable reconstruction of the broken tooth. There are numerous types of crowns. Each type of crown has its own strengths and weaknesses, and we will help you choose the one that works best for you.
A bridge is little more then two crowns on either side of space that are connected, with a fake tooth spanning the gap between them. We span the gap where the missing tooth used to be. Dental Bridges can be very successful, and provide a long lasting option when used in the right situations, and with the right materials, and techniques.
Dental implants provide a new alternative to dental bridges. They are slowly becoming the default choice for replacing missing teeth. In most situations implants provide a longer lasting, more conservative alternative to crowns. However, a bridge still provides an excellent treatment in many situations, and can often be a better, more aesthetic solution. Both Dental Implants and Bridges have strengths and weaknesses, so it is important that you talk about these options with your dentist. Dr Wetherington provides both services in their entirety in his office and can help provide honest, thorough advice so that you can choose which treatment is best for you.