Dental crowns are one of the building blocks of smile rehabilitation, and are commonly used to treat decayed, weakened or cracked teeth. Also known as “caps,” crowns slip over the surface of the tooth to encapsulate and strengthen it. They are usually crafted from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or gold materials, and are color-matched to blend in with your surrounding teeth. Experienced general dentists Drs. Moldovan and Malkin use computer programming to plan crown placement and ensure a precise fit and natural appearance.
Dental bridges are another very common tooth restoration option that relies on surrounding existing teeth. A standard bridge is composed of two crowns with a false tooth in between. The crowns slip over the teeth on either side of the gap left by a missing tooth, and the false tooth fits neatly into the gap. If there are existing teeth on only one side of the gap, Drs. Moldovan and Malkin can use another type of bridge.
Veneers are similar to crowns but used mostly for smile design purposes. Tiny ceramic shells that cover the existing tooth structure, veneers are often used to improve the appearance of stained, cracked, chipped, misaligned or unevenly spaced teeth. They are also great for reshaping the teeth and evening out a smile. Veneers are not typically used on teeth that are structurally compromised or very weak — crowns are a better option in these cases.
Full-mouth rehabilitation involves a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses multiple functional issues all at once. For example, a full-mouth rehabilitation plan could involve the placement of a dental implant, several crowns and a set of veneers on the front teeth. Full-mouth rehabilitation is customizable to your particular dental concerns and needs. Drs. Moldovan and Malkin will consult with you to determine what you dislike about your smile and to develop a plan of treatment to address all of the issues.
For just the replacement of several teeth, patients can receive the Smile in a Day or Teeth in a Day procedures. A full dental arch or bridge can be permanently placed in just one visit to restore the full function and appearance of your smile. These are long-lasting and more comfortable alternative to dentures.