Porcelain Crowns (Caps)

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size.  A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth.  They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.  Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.

Reasons for crowns:

-Broken or fractured teeth.
-Cosmetic enhancement.
-Decayed teeth.
-Fractured fillings.
-Large fillings.
-Tooth has a root canal.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory.  They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.

Veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile.  They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions.

As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

Reasons for porcelain veneers:

-Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile.
-Crooked teeth. (Cosmetic fix rather than pursuing orthodontic treatment)
-Misshapen teeth.
-Severely discolored or stained teeth.
-Teeth that are too small or large.
-Unwanted or uneven spaces.
-Worn or chipped teeth.

Porcelain Fixed Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

There are several types of bridges.  You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case.  The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal.  Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years; however, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.

Reasons for a fixed bridge:

-Fill space of missing teeth.
-Maintain facial shape.
-Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
-Restore chewing and speaking ability.
-Restore your smile.
-Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance.