Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, Dr. Thomas can help you choose the best solution. Crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that function and look like natural, healthy teeth. Veneers are a less invasive alternative, but may only be a solution for those with slight tooth damage or discoloration. These thin porcelain or resin shells come in customizable colors and are bonded to the surface of your teeth.
A crown, otherwise known as a cap, is custom-fitted to your bite and is placed over your natural tooth or dental implant. We recommend this procedure for those who have a a tooth that is structurally unsound or may be damaged or decayed on the surface.
Tooth Decay and fractured areas will be restored and we will reduce the problematic tooth for a proper crown fit
An impression will be taken of your bite for crown fabrication
The color of porcelain prosthetics can then be customized
We will fit you with a temporary crown until the lab makes your permanent one
- You will come in again for permanent crown fitting
This proceduree is done to replace a missing tooth that has neighboring teeth with decay and/or large fillings, or a tooth that has been missing for a long time (i.e., with gum recession around the area). Bridges are typically done when dental implants are not an option for the patient or if neighboring teeth next to the missing tooth would benefit from a bridge.
Types of Bridges:
- Traditional — Caps are bonded over teeth that lie on either side of the missing one
- Cantilever — Cap is bonded over a single tooth next to the missing one
- Resin-bonded — Porcelain or plastic teeth with gums that are supported by metal “wings”
If you’re looking to cosmetically correct or enhance the appearance of one or more teeth, we suggest veneers. They are very thin, porcelain or resin shells that you can customize in color and shape. They are less-invasive than crowns and are also resistant to future stains.
Common uses for veneers:
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Misshapen or irregular teeth
- Teeth that do not respond to traditional whitening treatments