Crowns, Bridges and Dentures
Restore Damaged Teeth
Replace Missing Teeth
A crown, also called a cap, is a custom-made restoration that repairs and strengthens a tooth that has been severely damaged or is weakened. Made of porcelain or gold (based on patient preference), a crown completely covers the tooth.
A crown is used to:
- Restore a tooth that has fractured
- Fill a large cavity
- Replace an old filling that has failed
- Restore a tooth following root canal therapy
- Enhance the appearance of a tooth that is discolored or misshapen
A dental bridge is a custom-made false tooth (or teeth) that is (are) placed permanently between two healthy teeth. The bridge fills the area left by the missing tooth. The bridge is held in place by porcelain crowns that are placed on the healthy teeth on either side of the space. Bridges reduce the risk of gum disease, help stabilize some bite problems, prevent teeth from moving and help improve speech. They can also improve appearance by preventing the "sunken-in" look of the face when teeth are missing.
A denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth and adjacent tissues. Made of resin and porcelain, complete dentures are used to replace all the teeth; partial dentures are used when some healthy teeth remain. A partial denture also keeps the remaining healthy teeth from shifting positions in the mouth, preventing TMJ and other painful symptoms.
Full and partial dentures improve chewing ability and speech, and support facial muscles. Dentures also enhance appearance. For enhanced comfort, fit and security, Dr. Whalen also offers implant-supported dentures.
First, an implant is placed into your bone. Once it heals, it acts as a tooth root; dentures are then attached to the implant. With implants, you can choose to have permanent dentures, or removable dentures.