Silver or composite fillings serve well in most minor dental restorations. Sometimes, though, too much of a tooth's structure will have deteriorated to properly support a filling, necessitating a crown or "cap." A crown will replace most of the visible portion of the affected tooth, closely mimicking its original shape and size.
Crowns are often applied in the following situations:
Crowns require two or more dental visits to fully implement.
Missing teeth can pose a challenge to chewing and speaking. As their name suggests, bridges close the gap, helping reintroduce a healthier bite and smile.
Also known as fixed partial dentures, bridges consist of a series of one or more pontics (artificial teeth) anchored on one or both sides to dental crowns. A bridge can be molded from gold, alloys, porcelain, or any combination thereof.