Crowns & Bridges Park City, UT
Dental crowns used to be all metal or even metal with porcelain on top. These days almost all crowns are made without metal. The advantages to this are very important. The non-metal crown can be bonded to the tooth. They have a better seal, a better fit and look just like teeth.
The very back crown in the example to the right, has metal under it. That is the black band at the base of the tooth. The two crowns in front of it are non metal crowns done by Dr. Peterson. They look, feel and function just like natural teeth.
Even though we try very hard to avoid crowning a tooth, there are times when they are the strongest option. Either a tooth that is severely damaged, a crown already exists on a tooth, or a tooth needs to be replaced with a dental bridge. Recent advances in the strength of our porcelain materials have opened up many options for non-metal alternatives to crowns and bridges.
A tooth crown is a cap that covers your tooth. The dental crown restores your tooth’s natural size and shape, while improving your tooth’s appearance and functions. Crowns should look and feel perfectly natural and usually last for many years.
Dental crowns are used when your tooth is damaged and a regular filling isn’t strong enough. The tooth crown can hold your cracked tooth together, as well as prevent the crack from getting worse.
A dental bridge is used to replace an entire tooth or multiple teeth. If an entire tooth is missing and is left unfilled, the surrounding teeth may begin to drift out of position. If this is the case, a bridge can be used to replace your missing tooth or teeth.
Bridges are cemented or bonded into place and can only be removed by a dentist. You maintain a bridge in the same manner as your natural teeth, by regular flossing, brushing, and visiting your dentist, however, dental bridges do need special care.
This patient was treated in our office for two missing front teeth. What a difference these two bridges made in her life.