About Dental Crowns

Teeth that are broken, fractured or decayed are well suited for crowns because they are very durable and designed to match the shape, size and color of natural teeth. A crown is used to cover or cap a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Dr. Ryan may recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn't enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing or restore a fractured tooth
  • Cover a dental implant or a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
  • Attach a bridge

Why Do I Need A Crown?

While individuals with missing teeth know that it can adversely affect their smile, it is also important to correct the physical and dental health issues associated with missing teeth.  Missing teeth can change a person’s bite (occlusion), shift their remaining teeth, cause speech impediments or TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). There is also an increased risk for periodontal (gum) disease and a greater chance of tooth decay if missing teeth are not addressed.  

A Dental Bridge Can Restore Function To Your Mouth

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers allow us the ability to completely transform your smile into one that you can be proud of for years. Advanced technology in the field of cosmetic dentistry has allowed us the ability to fix teeth with veneers and to give patients white, straight, and natural looking teeth without the use of braces or surgery.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dentistry procedure that involves wafer thin shells of tooth colored material designed to be placed over the surface of the teeth, typically the ones that show when you smile. Each custom made shell is bonded to the front of the teeth, which completely changes their appearance, color, shape, size, or length.

Porcelain veneers are designed to resist stains better than other types of veneers and appear more natural because they mimic the way light naturally reflects off of the surface of the teeth.

Dr. Ryan explains the difference between crowns and veneers

Veneers usually last between seven to ten years before they need to be replaced.

How Is A Bridge Placed?

Typically, conventional and cantilever bridges require shaping the teeth surrounding a missing tooth. Crowns are then placed on the shaped teeth and attached to an artificial tooth called a pontic. A resin-bonded bridge requires less preparation of adjacent teeth and is often used to replace front teeth, provided that the gums are healthy and the surrounding teeth do not have extensive dental fillings.

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