We make our crowns in-house with our CEREC milling machine. This means we have total control over the fit, color, and esthetics.
A 3-unit bridge is like having 3 crowns in a row, all connected. It is used to replace the missing tooth in the middle when a patient does not want or is not a candidate for an implant. Sometimes, a bridge is actually a better option when patients have a gummy smile or a thin jaw bone.
¾ Crown or Veneer
A 3/4 crown or veneer can be used to change the shape, size, and color of a tooth. It is less invasive than a crown. Patients with lots of old fillings or high decay rate are not usually a candidate for veneers, but may benefit from full coverage crowns instead.
When a patient is missing a small tooth (like a lateral incisor), sometimes we can bone a crown onto the back of the tooth next to it. This is a minimally invasive way to replace a missing tooth. Not everyone is a candidate for a Maryland bridge.
Sometimes, when a tooth is extra broken down, it needs a little help holding a crown. A core build-up is a filling done underneath the crown that helps hold the crown in place.