Dr. Pamela Doray is one of the most sought after dentists in Philadelphia for cosmetic and restorative dentistry. We offer a variety of treatment options including crowns and bridges to improve your appearance or to restore worn, broken and missing teeth. Dr. Doray provides comprehensive care with meticulous planning and works with the leading U.S. dental laboratories to create natural looking restorations.
Dental Crowns: Before & After Photos
What is a dental crown?
A dental crown, also referred to as a cap, is used to improve the appearance of your smile and/or to add strength to a tooth that is cracked, discolored, decayed or otherwise worn. A dental crown is also the restorative portion of a dental implant.
A metal-free dental crown won’t discolor along the gum area like metal crowns can. Especially in the smile zone, metal free dental crowns are the gold standard for creating a beautiful, natural looking appearance.
What to Expect
Many patients avoid the dentist because they fear dental treatment will be painful and complicated. The process for placing crowns on teeth is actually quite simple.
The first step in the process of creating crowns for teeth is a comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Doray. She will examine your teeth, gums, jaw joints, and other support structures of the mouth, carefully looking for signs of stress, decay or instability. Using diagnostic x-rays, molds, and impressions, she will gain a clear picture of the condition of your mouth to address any health or functional concerns during treatment.
Dr. Doray believes the treatment plan is the most important aspect of cosmetic and restorative dentistry to ensure long term success. The treatment plan is basically a set of blue prints which will set the path for the restorative procedure. Patients are involved in this process which may include digital imaging, 2-D and 3-D models.
Once the treatment plan is finalized, Dr. Doray will apply a provisional restoration, or temporary crown, to be worn while the final dental crown is being created in a dental laboratory. The temporary dental cap will give you an opportunity to make sure you are happy with the look and feel as well as provide temporary protection to the tooth.
The final step in the process is the delivery of your crown. This restoration is placed on the tooth, matched for fit and color and then bonded in place.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a series of dental crowns that are linked together to replace missing teeth in a smile. A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed and made from a variety of tooth-like materials.
Types of bridgework
Removable Dental Bridge – generally reserved as a temporary or interim solution for missing teeth. While the flipper tooth cost may be much less than a fixed dental bridge, a removable dental bridge does not offer good long term benefits.
Fixed Dental Bridge – In this type of restoration, one or more prosthetic teeth are linked together and supported by dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the gap. A caveat to this type of a bridge is that it requires aggressive reduction of adjacent teeth to ensure a solid foundation for the dental bridge.
Implant Supported Bridge – Conversely, a dental bridge can be supported by dental implants rather than dental crowns. This treatment solution may work best for patients who have otherwise healthy teeth.
Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant
Dr. Doray will consider several things when making the recommendation for a dental bridge versus a dental implant. First, she’ll assess the health of your surrounding teeth and bone structure. It is important to have a solid foundation for dental implants to be successful.
Cost is sometimes a factor for patients with missing teeth. While dental implants generally do cost more than a dental bridge, they offer better long term results and generally require less repair and maintenance.