Crown and Bridge

Crowns, also referred to as “caps”, are usually necessary if a tooth is unsuitable to fill.  This could be due to a large fracture, extensive decay, or decay under a large restoration already in place.  If a tooth has had a root canal, a crown is usually recommended in order to prevent the tooth from fracturing.  To prepare your tooth for a crown, Dr. Hutchison shapes the tooth and takes an impression allowing the local lab to fabricate the crown.  You leave with a temporary crown and return for a second visit to seat the permanent crown.  As a patient you have many options as to the material used to fabricate your crown.  Dr. Hutchison will go over all the choices that best suite your individual needs.

A bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth as long as there are healthy teeth on either side.  The teeth on either side of the missing tooth are shaped just like a crown and, an impression is taken and sent to the lab.  You leave with a temporary bridge and a short time later the permanent bridge is cemented in.  The bridge is not removable after it is cemented.
Crowns and bridges still have healthy tooth structure under them.  It is important to continue at home care as well as regular dental maintenance visits.