Crowns are cosmetic restorations used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay. Crowns are “cemented” onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the color and translucency of natural teeth and are very strong. We offer a wide range of crowns to suit all our patients’ preferences. Some of them even come with a lifetime warranty!
Ceramic Crowns and Bridges
If you have missing teeth, a bridge may be used to replace them. Bridges help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite. Using artificial teeth, a bridge will fill in the spaces of missing teeth, and they look great. A bridge is made up of metal or porcelain or a combination of the two just like a crown, and is bonded onto the neighbouring teeth for support. The success of any bridge depends on its foundation – the other teeth, gums, or bone it is attached to. Therefore, it is very important to keep the adjacent teeth, gums, and jaw bone healthy and strong.
Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) and metal crowns
Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial.
- Full Dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Conventional full dentures are placed after the gum tissue has healed, which can take several months. Immediate full dentures are placed immediately after the teeth have been removed and may require frequent adjustments during the first couple of months of use.
- Partial Dentures consist of artificial teeth attached to either an acrylic (gum color) base or a metal frame that fits in between your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are considered a removable alternative to bridges.