Crowns & Bridges

A Dental Crown is a single, tooth shaped cap that encircles a tooth or an implant. If there are more than one crowns required it becomes a Dental Bridge. These Artificial Covers, are required for teeth that are Root Canal Treated or have large fillings that may not stay in place. Some teeth that are grossly discolored or are worn down are also covered by such covers.


Crown/Bridge Preparation and Cementation

Before a Crown or a Bridge is placed, the teeth are shortened and prepared. Then the tooth color is matched with the surrounding teeth and an impression is taken and sent to the lab for the preparation of the Crown/Bridge. After the preparation the cover(s) are cemented onto the prepared tooth.


All Porcelain Crowns

All-ceramic or all-porcelain dental crowns provide better natural color match than any other crown type and may be more suitable for people with metal allergies. However, they are not as strong as porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns and they wear down opposing teeth a little more than metal or resin crowns. All-ceramic crowns are a good choice for front teeth.


P.F.M Crowns

Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns can be color matched to your adjacent teeth (unlike the metallic crowns). However, more wearing to the opposing teeth occurs with this crown type compared with metal or resin crowns. The crown’s porcelain portion can also chip or break off. Next to all-ceramic crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns look most like normal teeth. However, sometimes the metal underlying the crown’s porcelain can show through as a dark line, especially at the gum line and even more so if your gums recede. These crowns can be a good choice for front or back teeth.


Zirconia Crowns

Zirconia or milled crown which are digitally constructed  in special dental labs. These crowns and bridges are so strong they can be used anywhere in the mouth. Zirconium crowns can withstand the biting pressure of the front teeth as well as back teeth grinding. When looking at Zirconium crowns from an aesthetic point it is clear and very similar to a natural tooth and reflects light the same way. Zirconia crowns won’t corrode and the normal black gum line that you can see around a P.F.M crown, won’t happen. Also the normal too hot/cold sensations you can feel with other crowns does not normally occur because of the lack of electrical conductivity.