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Crowns, Bonding & Implants

Dental Procedures
Dental crowns, bonding and implants are restorative dental procedures we provide to repair damaged or decayed or missing teeth. After a thorough examination, the optimum restoration for your specific problem is presented to help meet your overall dental health objectives and concerns.

Dental Crowns
Dental crowns are natural-looking, laboratory-fabricated restorations that cover damaged or missing teeth, helping to restore a full and beautiful smile. Crowns can consist of different materials or combinations of materials, including metal and non-metal reinforced options. Some metal-free crowns include stress-bearing materials to enhance their strength and wear-resistance. The most appropriate option is reviewed with you to ensure your functional needs and cosmetic concerns are addressed.

Crowns fulfill the following functions:

  • Protect weak teeth from further damage
  • Restore broken teeth
  • Cover teeth with large fillings
  • Hold dental bridges in place
  • Cover dental implants

The dental crown process:
  1. Teeth are shaped for crowns to fit over
  2. Impressions of your teeth are made to create a model of your mouth
  3. The crowns are custom fabricated for you in a dental lab
  4. Meanwhile, a temporary restoration is placed in your mouth for protection
  5. If implants are needed, a specialist will be consulted & surgery may be necessary
  6. The temporary restoration is replaced by the new custom crowns
  7. A dental cement or adhesive bonding agent secures the final restoration
Dental Bonding
Dental bonding is a very common choice for cosmetic dental procedures. It usually can be done in one office visit—unless several teeth are involved—and anesthesia may or may not be required. A thin layer of tooth-colored composite resin is added to your teeth to restore chips and cracks, and fill in gaps.

Dental bonding fulfills the following functions:

  • Repair decayed teeth (composite resin is tooth-colored filling material used to fill cavities)
  • Repair chipped or cracked teeth
  • Improve the appearance of discolored teeth
  • Close spaces between teeth
  • Make teeth look longer
  • Change the shape of teeth
  • As a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings
  • Protect a portion of a tooth’s root that’s exposed when gums recede

The dental bonding process:
  1. A composite resin color is selected that closely matches the color of your teeth
  2. The surface of your teeth is roughened & conditioned
  3. The tooth-colored resin is applied, molded & smoothed to the desired shape
  4. An ultraviolet light or laser is used to harden the material
  5. The material is trimmed, shaped & polished to match the tooth surface
Dental Implants
Dental implants are titanium cylinders that are surgically implanted into the jaw to replace missing teeth or to anchor crowns, bridges and dentures. The jaw bone grows around the base of the implant, while the top of the implant emerges through the gums. Implants feel and work like natural teeth, making it possible to eat and smile with confidence.

Dental implants fulfill the following functions:

  • Replace one or several missing teeth
  • Anchor crowns, bridges, partials or full dentures

The dental implant process:
  1. X-rays, CT scans & a surgical guide determine where the implants are placed
  2. Local anesthesia is applied prior to surgery to numb the area being worked on
  3. Implants are placed into position and integrate with the jaw bone over time
  4. Stitches are used to close the gum tissue around the implants
  5. Time is allowed for healing and integration prior to beginning the restorative process