Porcelain crowns may be employed to completely cover a tooth that is damaged, cracked or weakened above the gum line. Patient’s report that the crown, occasionally referred to as a ‘cap’, looks and feels almost exactly like their natural tooth. The crown is shaped and colored to match your teeth, serves as a protection system for the weakened tooth.
The crown process:
Once the tooth is anesthetized to ensure the patients comfort, fractured or weaken tooth fragments are polished away, as well as old filling material removed. A precise "impression" is made of the tooth to be copied. The process involves using a moldable, soft material around the tooth that requires the crown and the nearby teeth. The impression is used by a porcelain artist who then forms the crown to the exact height and dimensions required.
The patient is fitted with a composite temporary crown that is fitted over the damaged tooth and worn until the new crown ready for use. Once the beautiful new porcelain crown is ready, it is fitted once again and precise small adjustment are made to the crown to ensure a perfect fit and retention of the natural bite.
Crowns are durable as well as beautiful and with good dental hygiene, a crown can last through years and years of smiles and service.
Dental bridges are appliances used to replace one or more missing teeth. When there is a gap between your teeth — a bridge may be used to "bridge" that space. As with a crown, your natural teeth are reshaped to allow proper contour and strength. Most bridges are attached (cemented) to the natural teeth next to the spaces left by the missing teeth. The false tooth, also known as a ‘pontic’ is used to replace each lost tooth.
Because all of your teeth work together thousands of times a day and are used for many functions from talking to eating, it can often be very difficult to eat and speak and sometimes even swallow easily with missing teeth. A bridge can be used to restore your dental health and your appearance.
Porcelain Inlays and Onlays are used if teeth are extremely structurally compromised by fractures, old restorations or decay, composite fillings, tooth-colored fillings, may not be the best solution.
Under these conditions, Dr. Davis recommends the use of advanced porcelain restorations rather than a filling. Similar to white fillings, porcelain restorations are strongly and tightly bonded to the surface of a tooth. The restorations are beautiful and natural in appearance. Because of their surface characteristics and strength, porcelain is ideally suited for larger restorations.
A more conservative approach to restoration of teeth than full crowns, inlays and onlays can be used in repairing moderate tooth decay or cracked teeth when the damage does not warrant a dental crown.
The term ‘inlays’ refers to procedures in which bonded material is limited to the center of the tooth, while ‘onlays’ are performed when the bonded material extends further — to one or more cusp of the tooth.
Unlike metal fillings, inlays and onlays do not expand and contract due to temperature and they have the white tooth color that makes them appear natural.