Crowns (commonly known as a ‘cap’) are full tooth porcelain restorations that cover and protect the full tooth after tooth is affected by a dental condition. Crowns are mostly recommended after a tooth is treated with a root canal due to the fragility of the tooth and to preserve the tooth from cracking and tooth loss. They are also used to salvage a tooth that has a large cavity or previous large filling which encompasses more than 50-75% tooth structure loss. Crowns completely cover every visible part of the tooth and is built to protect your underlying tooth to resemble the tooth as a natural part of your smile. While porcelain crowns certainly can improve the look of a tooth or multiple teeth, it is recommended only in conjunction with prior repair of the tooth not simply for cosmetic purposes. Dr. Natour only preforms all ceramic crowns due to its stability, longevity, and overall natural appearance. Emax crowns are all ceramic crowns that support so much force from biting and chewing, it is scientifically proven to be stronger than natural bone. It is the best way to guarantee the support the tooth requires.

Inlays and Onlays are similar to crowns but are much less evasive and are a very good option in circumstances that there is decay over the chewing surface of the tooth but less than 50% of the tooth structure is disturbed. They are all considered porcelain fillings but a great option in preserving a tooth without having to remove more tooth structure to make a crown and when a regular filling is not strong enough to keep the tooth from getting decay again.

A fixed dental bridge is a series of several crowns that are bonded together to cover spaces and provide protection to adjacent teeth that support the missing teeth in between. Its purpose is to bridge the gap of an empty tooth space by securing a false tooth using crowns on the teeth on either side. Missing teeth can have a serious effect not only on your smile, but also on your dental health. Specifically, missing teeth can cause: increased risk of periodontal disease, increased risk of tooth decay, loss of adjacent teeth, speech disorders, and TMJ disorder.

In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, dental bridges were shown to dramatically reduce the risk of losing teeth that are adjacent to a missing tooth. In addition, dental bridges can help keep your jaw and face from changing shape, as they tend to do when a person has missing teeth. The main disadvantage of a fixed bridge is that it requires consistent maintenance and at least 4 hygiene visits per year due to plaque that can accumulate under the bridge. Also, fixed bridge also causes on occasion the need to file down natural and healthy teeth to provide retention for the bridge. In general, implants are the best option for the replacement of missing teeth but it is absolutely better to have a fixed bridge then to not restore missing teeth. The benefits completely outweigh the negatives. Either way, we are always here to go over all alternatives, benefits, and the best course of action for you and your conditions.

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