Crown restoration may be needed when decay damages a tooth’s biting surface. Previous fillings may also crack leading to tooth decay around the filling. The old filling and decay must be removed before the affected tooth can be treated. Usually a new filling is placed to support the tooth’s crown. Then the tooth is prepared and shaped for the crowns. An impression is taken to create an accurate model of the current tooth. Until your final crown is ready, a temporary crown is inserted to protect the tooth until the final crown is ready. Custom made at a dental lab, the final crown is cemented in place after removing the temporary crown.
When a single tooth is missing, one replacement option is a porcelain tooth replacement fused to a metal bridge. We prepare the teeth on each side of the missing tooth to accept the new bridge. Impressions are taken to ensure a proper, comfortable fit. A temporary bridge is made and inserted. Without the transitory bridge, your teeth will move to compensate for the missing tooth. The final bridge is custom made at a dental lab. When the final bridge is ready, the temporary one is removed and the final bridge is fitted. We are happy to answer any further questions you may have.