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 will 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.
Broken or Fractured Teeth
Tooth has a Root Canal
getting a crown involve?
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first
appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or
impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will
also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth
for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by
removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown.
Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed
with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are
At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the
tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to
ensure the spacing and bite are accurate. You will be given care
instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your
new crown 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. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over
two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics
(artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing
teeth. Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years,
however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to
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
getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the
teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a
portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate
impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory
where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge
will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be carefully checked,
adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your
dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and
tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be
permanently cemented at a later time. You will receive care instructions
at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and
regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
Tooth Loss can have a far-reaching effect on your dental health and
personal appearance. When you lose one or more teeth, your remaining
teeth can drift out of position. This can lead to a change in the bite,
the loss of additional teeth, decay, and gum disease.
Implants can be an effective method to replace one tooth
or several teeth. Each implant consists of a metal anchor that is
inserted into the jawbone, and a protruding post, which is outfitted
with an artificial tooth. Implants can also support a bridge, replace a
partial denture or secure a fixed denture. The process requires surgery
and takes time to complete.
Several steps are usually necessary to place an implant. Depending on
the type of implant, the steps may vary. The placement of a single-tooth
endosteal implant is illustrated below:
In the first procedure a metal anchor, or artificial root, is placed
into the jawbone. Bone grows around the anchor. This takes about three
to six months for this to heal. Next, a "healing cap" is placed when the
implant is uncovered. Then, the healing cap is
removed and a metal post, or abutment, may be attached to the anchor.
When your gums and jawbone have healed, an artificial tooth is
constructed, then screwed or cemented to the post. Fitting your new
tooth properly may take several appointments.
Brush and floss your implant at least twice daily, as you would
your natural teeth. Be sure to brush the back of the abutments
and floss around the front, back, and sides. Avoid chewing on
hard objects or extremely sticky food. Proper dental care will
keep your dental implants and your mouth healthy.
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 will someday have to be
replaced. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a
beautiful long lasting smile.
for porcelain veneers:
Cosmetically, to create a uniform, white, beautiful smile
Severely discolored or stained teeth
Teeth that are too small or large
Unwanted or uneven spaces
Worn or chipped teeth
for tooth whitening:
Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development)
Normal wear of outer tooth layer
Stained teeth due to medications (tetracycline, etc.)
Yellow, brown stained teeth
We offer two types of tooth whitening, ZOOM! and the tray method.
The tray method:
This type of tooth whitening usually requires two visits. At the
first appointment, impressions (molds) will be made of your teeth to
fabricate custom, clear plastic, trays.
At your second appointment, you will try on the trays for proper fit,
and adjustments will be made if necessary. The trays are worn with
special whitening solution either twice a day for 30 minutes or once a
day for an hour for a couple of weeks depending on the degree of
staining and desired level of whitening. It is normal to experience
tooth sensitivity during the time you are whitening your teeth, but it
will subside shortly after you have stopped bleaching. You will receive
care instructions for your teeth and trays, and be encouraged to visit
your dentist regularly to help maintain a beautiful, healthy, white
second method is Zoom!, you may have seen this used on popular make over
Zoom! is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel
and dentin. And yes, extensive research and clinical studies indicate
that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe, in
fact, it is the safest cosmetic dental procedure available.
The procedure begins with a preparation period followed by one hour
of bleaching. To start the shade of your teeth is recorded. The Zoom!
procedure requires that all soft tissue in and around the mouth be
protected. This is accomplished by carefully applying a water proof seal
that is light cured to ensure that none of your tissues are exposed to
the bleach or the light. The Zoom! whitening gel is then carefully
applied to the front surface of your teeth, and the lamp is positioned
to shine directly onto your teeth. After your first 15 minute session,
the gel is removed and reapplied. This will continue for three 15 minute
sessions, finishing the bleaching process. A five minute fluoride
treatment completes the procedure. The protective barriers will be
Sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. The
Zoom! light generates minimal heat which is the usual source of
discomfort. On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced
immediately after the procedure, but always dissipate.
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