Crowns are used to help support a tooth weakened by decay or a previous, large restoration. Crowns are also a good way to cover discolored or poorly shaped teeth. A crown is made with gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination to form a natural looking tooth structure that will withstand chewing forces.
Usually, a crown will require two visits, as the construction is quite precise. During the first visit, the tooth is prepared to accept a crown, an impression is taken, and a temporary crown is made. During the second visit, the permanent crown is cemented to the prepared tooth.
When one or more teeth are lost, your teeth can drift from their proper positions. This can cause a multitude of problems: jaw pain, headaches, increased vulnerability to tooth decay and gum disease, and undesirable cosmetic effects.
One option to replace missing teeth and prevent shifting of remaining teeth is to place a fixed bridge. A bridge connects replacement teeth next to the natural teeth. Teeth on either side of the space are prepared to accept the bridge. After the bridge has been made, it is cemented into place.
It is very important to brush and floss around and under your bridge. Special floss threaders can help ensure the area underneath your bridge remains clean.