Crowns and Bridgework

Crowns: A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a damaged tooth to restore its shape, size and strength. It also improves its appearance.

Dentists recommend crowns to:

  • Replace a large filling where little natural tooth structure remains. 
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing.
  • Restore a fractured tooth.
  • Cover a discoloured or poorly shaped tooth.
  • Cover tooth that has had a root canal treatment.
  • Attach a bridge.

Bridges: A bridge is a restoration permanently fixed in the mouth to replace missing teeth. It uses remaining teeth to support the new artificial tooth/teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth may eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in bite changes and difficulties with cleaning.

Steps involved in preparing a tooth for a crown and/or bridge:

  1. Examining the health of the tooth nerve, bone and gums to access the suitability of tooth/teeth for a crown. An X-ray is required as well as preliminary impressions.
  2. The crown preparation consists of a 90 minute appointment which includes reshaping the tooth, taking impressions and making a plastic temporary crown.
  3. Cementing the permanent crown.

Crowns can be made in a variety of materials - metal, porcelain fused to metal, all ceramic or all porcelain.
Your dentist at Hampton Beach Dentists will assess and advise you on the best option to restore your teeth.   Back to Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry.