A crown is a full coverage, tooth shaped and usually tooth colored way to protect a compromised tooth. Why would a tooth need a crown? Often time a tooth has had previous dental work and there wouldn’t be enough solid tooth structure for just a new bigger filling. Other times, teeth have gained very small cracks that weaken a corner or half of a tooth and the best way to prevent further damage and/or pain is a crown. Sometimes there is already a crown on the tooth but decay has weakened the tooth again. Finally, a crown is always recommended after a root canal on back teeth.
A bridge is a great “tooth replacement option”. There are times when we have a tooth removed for a variety of reasons. The space left is not esthetic and can cause the neighboring teeth to shift and cause damage. A bridge provides the neighboring teeth with a full coverage crown and a tooth where the space is. This bridge is a custom match to your shade and is cemented in place. You can eat, speak and function normally.
Veneers are a great conservative way to cover front teeth that are unsightly, the wrong length or sometimes even crooked. The tooth is prepared in a way that is more conservative than a crown and is just enough to provide an esthetic functional outcome. Veneers are cemented on the “face” of the prepared tooth. Sometimes veneers are a great option after teeth straightening have occurred such as Invisalign.
Dr. Annis will get the tooth numb and ready for the filling. He will then remove all the dental decay leaving a solid tooth for which the filling material needs to bond. Dr. Annis will cleanse the tooth and apply material to reduce any post-operative sensitivity. Finally, the tooth will be repaired with a matching tooth filling material and polished. Before you leave, you will be asked to make sure the filling does not change your bite.