Usually made of porcelain and ceramics, crowns are used to treat teeth that have been damaged by trauma, decay, or general wear. Also known as "caps," crowns cover teeth that are chipped, cracked, or otherwise damaged in order to protect the damaged tooth and support the existing tooth structure. Dental crowns can also serve as anchors on either side of a dental bridge.
Restorative Dentistry: Dental Implants and More
People lose teeth prematurely for a variety of reasons, including trauma, periodontal disease, decay, excessive tooth wear, or even an eating disorder. Whatever the cause, losing a tooth can be very distressing. Missing teeth can affect eating, speech, self-confidence, and appearance. The gap resulting from a missing tooth may prompt adjacent teeth to shift and destabilize the bite. With modern dental techniques available today, there’s no excuse to go through life with missing teeth. When treated by an experienced prosthodontist such as Dr. James M. Stein, dental implants, crowns, and bridges can achieve exceptional results.
Dental bridges are placed to fill in the gap left by a missing tooth or teeth. A bridge consists of two crowns that attach to your original teeth or implants on either side of the gap, and one or more artificial teeth in between. Bridging this space aids in chewing and speaking, and enhances the aesthetic appeal of your smile. A bridge will prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting in the mouth while filling the gap.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are used to repair teeth that have been damaged by cavities or decay. Made of porcelain or ceramic that blends in with surrounding teeth, inlays and onlays function as an alternative to fillings. Inlays are placed within the cusps of the tooth to repair damage; onlays are placed on the surface of the tooth, covering one or more of the cusps and extending down the side of the tooth.
Dentures are a removable, comfortable, and attractive option for replacing missing teeth, and are available in full or partial sets. Full dentures cover the entire top or bottom jaw, and partial dentures fit comfortably into gaps between existing teeth. Once patients adjust to wearing their new set of dentures, their ability to speak and chew improves remarkably. In some cases, Dr. Stein might suggest and place implant-supported dentures, meaning the dentures are anchored to dental implants. With proper cleaning and maintenance, dentures can last for many years.
Full-mouth restorations may be ideal for patients who need multiple dental procedures to achieve their goals. Dr. Stein can combine dental options including dental implants, bridges, inlays, onlays, and teeth whitening treatment for dramatic results that can last a lifetime. Patients who are interested in a full mouth restoration are urged to contact our office and set up a consultation with Dr. Stein. He can examine your teeth and provide a recommendation about the procedures that would be most beneficial.