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A dental crown is often referred to as a “cap”. Teeth that have a large amount of decay, are cracked, or require large restorations may require a crown to protect the remaining tooth structure. A crown covers the tooth to restore its shape and size, increase strength, and improve its appearance.
An impression is made of the tooth, from which the final crown is fabricated in gold or other similar metals, porcelain or a combination of metal and porcelain. We also provide completely metal-free, tooth colored crowns which are esthetically made to look natural.
Like a partial denture, a bridge fills in the missing space of one or a few teeth. It utilizes the adjacent teeth for support by placing crowns on them, and the “bridge” is formed with the false teeth, known as pontics, filling the space. A bridge is cemented onto the adjacent teeth and does not require daily removal. The pontics in a bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
Inlays & Onlays
A dental inlay is a filling that fits into the cavity of a tooth and is cemented into place. Inlays are typically used to repair decaying teeth that do not require extensive bridge work, or to replace older metal fillings. Most dental inlays are composed of porcelain, though some can be made from gold or composite resin.
An onlay is the same as an inlay, except that it extends to replace the cusp, covering part or all of the chewing surface of the tooth. When a tooth is damaged but not sufficiently damaged to require a full crown, dental onlays often are used to restore it. Onlays generally are made of porcelain or resin that matches the natural color of the teeth.