A crown is ideally used on teeth that have been heavily filled or weakened. The crown encases the weakened or heavily filled tooth to prevent any deterioration such as cracking or chipping.
The procedure involves trimming the tooth down to allow space for a crown (mostly Zirconia on molars and Emax on premolars and anterior), which is then cemented over the top of the tooth. The result is a stronger, aesthetic, all ceramic crown.
Our patient is less likely to develop allergic reactions to these all ceramic restorations (Zirconia & Emax) compared to the old porcelain fused to metal crowns
A Fixed Dental Bridge is a non-removable restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. Bridges fill gaps to give you a beautiful smile and work to alleviate the potential for other complications. If left unfilled, spaces can cause surrounding teeth to shift out of position, thus becoming susceptible to decay, gum disease, and future loss.
Bridges are also used to correct an altered bite, improve chewing ability and speech, and prevent the collapse of facial features that can lead to premature wrinkles.
Reasons to do a Dental Bridge:
- If there are no more than 2 missing teeth in a row.
- When the teeth around the missing space also need dental work due to cavities or other failing dental work. You can fix multiple problems with a single solution.
- If there is a lot of bone and gum tissue missing and would require a lot of bone and gum grafting to build it back up enough for an implant.
- Replacing an old bridge that is failing.
Reasons to get a Dental Implant:
- If the teeth around the missing one are healthy. Don’t grind off healthy enamel.
- If there is plenty of bone to support an implant.
- If you have a high risk of tooth decay; i.e. many cavities (you can’t get a cavity on an implant).
- If you want the longest-lasting solution; implants usually last much longer than bridges.