Crowns & Bridges at Dr. Harold M Levy, DMD, PA:
Crowns, often called 'caps' by the general public, completely cover and encase individual teeth. Crowns are used to repair root canal treated, severely worn, broken, and fractured teeth, or to protect teeth that have had so many fillings that there just wasn't enough tooth left to fill anymore. Crowns take 2 appointments to make. Dr. Levy will match the crown to the color and shape of your other teeth, and he makes you a temporary crown that will cover your tooth until the real crown is ready. Crowns will last longer than other treatments (eg.: fillings), but you still need to take good care of the tooth!
Before & After Crowns:
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth by using teeth on both sides of the space to support the replaced tooth (or teeth). It is essentially like having crowns on both sides of a space connected to a false tooth (or teeth) that spans the missing tooth site. A bridge is not removable; it is cemented in place, and looks just like you have all of your teeth in that area. Dr. Levy will make you a temporary bridge to replace the missing tooth (or teeth) until the real one is ready. He and his staff will teach you how to clean underneath the bridge to get to areas where you can't floss as usual.