For teeth that are badly damaged, dental crowns can be an effective long-term treatment option. The dental crown is a custom made tooth-shaped covering that rebuilds and restores strength to an otherwise badly damaged tooth, eliminating discomfort and giving you the confidence to function as normal. In addition, dental crowns can also be used to anchor a dental bridge (see below) or to restore a dental implant after surgery.
There are a number of different types of crowns:
- All Ceramic
- Gold Ally
- Ceramic fused to metal.
Each of these crown types require a slightly different procedure, and have their own individual strengths and weaknesses.
Depending on your specific case and goals, your dentist will help you to come to a well informed decision about the best type of crown for you.
Achieving a natural looking and realistic smile after tooth loss is possible with dental bridges. Dental bridges provide an alternative treatment option to dental implants and dentures to fill a gap created by a missing tooth (or teeth). Depending on the dental bridge type you choose, the procedure and cost will vary. When compared to dental implants, dental bridges are considered a cost effective tooth replacement option.
A dental bridge is usually made up of two dental crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap which are attached to a false tooth (pontic) in between. Natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of both can be used to support the bridge. The type of dental bridge you choose will depend on the current condition of your smile, your cost goals, and the cosmetic and functional results you desire.
Whether you are looking for a temporary or permanent tooth replacement solution, there is a treatment option ideally suited for your needs.
Porcelain Crowns vs. Porcelain Veneers
Both porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers have unique advantages and limitations that make them appropriate for treating specific dental concerns. For example, all ceramic or porcelain dental crowns improve both the appearance and function of injured or damaged teeth. They cover and protect all of the surface area of a tooth, eliminating pain and restoring strength.
Porcelain veneers on the other hand typically address only cosmetic concerns and are often applied to otherwise healthy teeth. Stains, minor chips, misalignment or other imperfections can be well concealed with the thin porcelain shells, which slide over the front surface of teeth. Their greatest advantage is that as they cover less of the natural tooth, minimal tooth structure has to be removed to accommodate a porcelain veneer.
All of the above treatment options are available at Logan Village Dental, and our friendly staff would be happy to discuss them in greater detail with you. We are happy to provide a range of treatment options, tailored to your requirements, goals and budget.
For more information about any of the above please do not hesitate to contact our surgery.