When the size of a “filling” exceeds a certain proportion of the tooth, it must be replaced with a “crown,” which look and function just like natural teeth. Dr. Phillips may recommend a crown if your tooth has enough decay that it cannot hold a filling, or if your tooth is cracked or broken and in danger of cracking down into the root if left unattended. A crown covers your tooth completely. It fits snugly at the gum and protects what remains of the natural tooth.
Dr. Phillips uses porcelain crowns that look very natural and don’t have a dark metal line at the gum. Porcelain crowns, when performed correctly using the latest materials and most up to date procedures are natural looking. The untrained eye can barely notice a different between a porcelain crown and your own natural tooth. Dr. Phillips extensive training makes him uniquely qualified to give you the most up to date, natural looking crowns.
REPLACE OLD, DISCOLORED CROWNS WITH PORCELAIN CROWNS.
Dr. Phillips may also recommend a porcelain bridge be utilized to replace one or more teeth. These restorations are cemented onto the teeth and are referred to as “fixed” dentistry as opposed to a restoration of missing teeth with a removable appliance or partial denture. These are most commonly used to replace a missing tooth or teeth.