Crowns & Bridges

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original size and shape. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that can not be adequately restored with fillings or other types of restorations.

When you loose a tooth or teeth, it has an impact on your remaining teeth which tend to “drift” out of position. This leads to crooked teeth, a change in your bite, possible gum disease, tooth decay and the potential to lose more teeth.

A bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth ‘abutments’ and which are attached to artificial teeth ‘pontics’ filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth - preventing the “drifting” of the remaining teeth. A bridge is permanently cemented in your mouth so there is no need for removal at night.

Crowns and bridges can be constructed by a specially trained dental lab technician or produced by using special milling machines out of various types of materials.  Ask Dr. Williamson which option best meets your needs.

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