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Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers

If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, Dr. Schames can help you choose the best solution. Crowns and bridges are custom-fitted prosthetic teeth that function and look like natural, healthy teeth. Veneers are a less invasive alternative, but may only be a solution for those with slight tooth damage or discoloration. These thin porcelain or resin shells come in customizable colors and are bonded to the surface of your teeth.

 

Crowns

A crown, otherwise known as a cap, is custom-fitted to your bite and is placed over your natural tooth or dental implant. We recommend this procedure for those who have an intact tooth without root rot. The tooth may be damaged or decayed on the surface.


Procedure:

  1. I remove the infected or weak tooth structure and make space for the crown.

  2. An impression will be taken of your bite for crown fabrication

  3. The color of porcelain prosthetics can then be customized

  4. I fit you with a temporary crown until the lab makes your permanent one

  5. You will come in again for permanent crown fitting


 

Bridges

To replace a missing tooth that has neighboring teeth with decay and/or large fillings, or a tooth that has been missing for a long time (i.e., with gum recession around the area), bridges are often a good solution.



 

Veneers

If you’re looking to cosmetically correct or enhance the appearance of one or more teeth, I suggest composite bonding or veneers. They are very thin, porcelain or resin shells that you can customize in color and shape. They are less invasive than crowns.


Common uses for veneers:

  • Chipped or broken teeth

  • Misshapen or irregular teeth

  • Teeth that do not respond to traditional whitening treatments