Crowns and Bridges as Corrective Measures
There are three types of restorations that protect teeth that have broken beyond their capacity to hold a filling.
The materials available are:
- Noble Metals
Waukesha Smiles Dentistry is able to restore a tooth with any of these materials. Patient choice is paramount but condition of tooth and gums may narrow the options. Pros and cons will be discussed with the patient especially relating to:
- Relative cost of each material
This allows each patient to make the best possible choice for their own unique circumstance.
There are many possible reasons for a person to have a need for a crown. Some of these include:
- Leaking tooth restoration
- Root canal
- Size and location of previous filling
Waukesha Smiles Dentistry has a CAD CAM system for crowns, so for patients that can sit for a longer duration and have the tooth spacing needed for the proper images to be made by the system this gives the option to create a crown in one visit. The traditional way of placing a crown is molds are made of the tooth, it is prepared and a temporary crown is placed until the final version has been created in the dental laboratory. A second appointment is then needed to place the final crown.
The CAD system will make model of the tooth, then it is created in final version right in our dental office and placed right away, thereby eliminating the need for a second visit
An onlay is a "high water crown", which means much of the tooth will be preserved. They can be made in any of the three above mentioned materials.
We will never use a non-precious metal, as these can release carcinogens.