Doctor James Ross on dental crowns and bridges
A good candidate for a crown or a bridge, if we have a tooth that has a large existing restoration, and there’s some decay leaking in, one of the cusps is broken, or has some decay underneath it here, typically to save that tooth, we’ll remove that old silver mercury filling, clean out any decay underneath that, bond together a core material to make it solid enough for us to put that crown on. A person will have a temporary for a few weeks. And, then our amazing lab that custom crafts each one individually will make that crown. We use a lot of the E-MAX crowns, which are all porcelain, and the most aesthetic, but still gives the strength. Looks like their natural tooth, it just blends in, you can’t really tell anything’s been done.
So, as far as the bridge, if the person is not going with an implant, we have a tooth on either side that’s broken down that needs that, we simply will shape a crown on either side of the space, and have one solid bridge that goes across to fix that again. When you look at it, it looks like there’s just three teeth in there, that nothing ever has been done. That’s the ideal, to be able to function, chew everything they want, but have it look like nothing’s ever happened.