Crown & Bridge

Crowns – When a tooth is damaged, decayed, or cracked, a crown is usually fitted onto the tooth. A crown is a permanent covering that fits over the original tooth. Crowns can be made of porcelain, gold and other metals, acrylic resin, or a mix of these materials. Porcelain crowns typically have the most realistic appearance. Crowns can be used to reshape, whiten, and realign existing teeth, adding to your bright, healthy smile.

Cracked Teeth – One of the most common reasons that we place Crowns in Harcourt Health Dental Practice  is to fix cracked teeth. A cracked tooth means a crack extends from the chewing surface of your tooth vertically toward the root. The tooth is not yet separated into pieces, though the crack may gradually spread. Early diagnosis is important in order to save the tooth. If the crack has extended into the pulp, the tooth can be treated with a root canal procedure and a crown to protect the crack from spreading. However, if the crack extends below the gum line, it is no longer treatable, and the tooth cannot be saved and will need to be extracted. 


Bridges – A bridge is used to fill the space where a tooth has been removed or fallen out. A typical bridge consists of a filler tooth (pontic) that is attached to two surrounding crowns (abutments). Once complete, this bridge structure is bonded into the mouth. Without the use of a bridge, spaces in the mouth from missing teeth can cause multiple teeth to shift, leading to occlusion (biting) and/or jaw problems and spur periodontal disease.