Dental crowns restore damaged teeth and improve the appearance of your smile by covering teeth that are stained or uneven. Bridges and crowns are used to replace missing teeth. Dr. Beatrice Deca offers bridges and crowns made from a variety of materials, including porcelain and zirconia crowns that are made and applied in one visit. If you have questions about dental crowns and bridges, call her office, Deca Dentistry in Gresham, Oregon, or schedule an appointment online.
Dental crowns are protective caps permanently affixed over a tooth to restore its strength, function, or appearance. After Dr. Deca cements the crown in place, it covers the full portion of the tooth which is visible above or below the gum line. Dental crowns can:
Crowns can be either temporary or permanent. Temporary crowns are made of acrylic or stainless steel and are used for a temporary restoration until a permanent crown is ready.
A permanent crown can be made from the following:
Zirconia crowns can be made in one office visit using specialized computer equipment on site. Dr. Deca prepares your tooth and makes a digital impression, which is sent to a computerized cutting machine. The machine produces your crown, milling it from a single block of zirconia, and when it’s finished, she cements the crown in your mouth.
A crown is used to restore a single existing tooth to give it a more natural appearance. With a dental implant, crowns can also be used to replace a missing tooth.
A bridge is used to fill the gaps that have been made from missing teeth. It can also be used to replace several missing teeth that are next to one another. Crowns and bridges are both permanent prosthetics.
Both prosthetics improve your appearance by replacing missing teeth. Crowns restore a natural tooth back to its natural strength and function.
It’s important to replace missing teeth because they retain the structure of a person’s smile. When a tooth is missing, surrounding teeth can become misaligned as they move toward the open space.