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Dental Crowns and Bridgework.Dentistry is an art as well as a science; dental crowns offer a perfect example of this. A dental crown or “cap” is a covering that fits over a damaged, decayed or unattractive tooth. It can even replace a tooth entirely as part of dental bridgework.

A crown completely covers a tooth above the gum line. This is in contrast to a dental veneer, which only covers a tooth's front surface and needs natural tooth structure to support it. Therefore, if a tooth is missing a significant amount of structure above the gum line, a crown would be the restoration of choice.

Crowns strengthen damaged teeth, allowing them to function normally again. When crafted from today's high-tech porcelains (dental ceramics), crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. They can even be designed to improve upon a tooth's original appearance.

There is no substitute for your own natural tooth structure, however with e.max ceramic crowns & bridges, we can offer you revolutionary ceramic crowns that have both beauty and strength. They are naturally translucent restorations that blend with your teeth. Clinically proven to have long-lasting results. The e.max ceramic allows your dentist to improve your smile with a minimal amount of tooth preperation. The more natural tooth you are able to keep, the better, the healthier and the more vibrant your new smile will look.

There are other materials besides e.max  that we can use to make your dental crowns, depending on what your needs are. For durability, cast gold can't be beat. However, this is not always the most aesthetic choice — especially towards the front of the mouth. Another possibility includes an all-porcelain crown made with zirconia.  It is virtually unbreakable and more resistant to chipping, cracking or breaking in the mouth. The zirconia material is ideal for bruxers and grinders, who have broken their natural teeth or porcelain restorations in the past.  We would be happy to discuss these various options with you.

Crowning or Capping a Tooth

Dental Crowns - Step by Step.Crowning or capping a tooth will usually take two visits. At the first visit, your tooth is prepared to receive its new crown. First, it is shaped to fit inside the new covering. This will involve some drilling to give the tooth a uniform shape. The tooth and the surrounding area will be numbed beforehand. If there is very little tooth structure left to begin with, the tooth may have to be built up with a composite filling material, rather than filed down, to support the crown.

After the tooth is prepared, impressions of your teeth are taken with a reliable putty-like impression material and sent to the dental laboratory. There, the impressions will be used to make models of your teeth for the creation of a crown. The models will serve as guides to the highly skilled lab technicians, who will ensure that your new crown is designed to enhance your smile and function well within your bite.

Before you leave the office, a temporary crown will be attached to your tooth to protect it until the permanent crown is ready. At the second visit, your permanent crown will be attached to your tooth with a resin permanent cement that hardens and sets completely when exposed to a special light source.

Creating a Bridge

Dental Bridgework - Step by Step.Crowns can also be used to create a lifelike replacement for a missing tooth. This is done with bridgework, which spans the space of the missing tooth and requires at least three crowns. Two of those crowns will be placed over healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth; these healthy teeth are referred to as abutment teeth. The two crowned abutment teeth become supports for a third crown placed in between them; that third crown is referred to as a pontic. If more than one tooth is missing, more crowns will be needed to bridge the gap in between the abutment teeth.

Caring for Your Crowns & Bridgework

Crowns and bridgework require the same conscientious care as your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss between all of your teeth — restored and natural — every day to reduce the buildup of dental plaque. When you have crowns, it is even more important to maintain your regular schedule of cleanings at the dental office. Avoid using your teeth as tools (to open packages, for example). If you have a grinding habit, wearing a nightguard would be a good idea to protect your teeth and your investment.

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