When painting a portrait, the painter blends form, color and brushwork to create a pleasing smile. Dentists may use a different set of materials and techniques, but the end result is the same: a beautiful, natural-looking smile. The science behind the artistry of creating such a smile involves a couple basic options based on the patient’s particular dental needs. The placement of crowns and bridgework is one facet of dentistry where art truly meets science.

Dental Bonding For Chipped or Discolored Teeth

If a patient has chipped or discolored teeth, dental bonding is one possible option that is used to repair the teeth. However, if a tooth is lacking its’ core structure — or is entirely missing — then a crown or bridge may be the restoration of choice. What exactly are these restorations and what differentiates the usage of each? Keep in mind, both crowns and bridges are effective methods for restoring damaged or missing teeth.

The Art of Crowns and Bridges

Okay, so where does the art come into play? It’s evident in the craftsmanship of the materials selected for the restoration. The dentist will help you select from the many options available for your crown or bridge such as porcelain, high-tech ceramics, or porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations. Your dentist will work closely with his/her partners in the dental laboratory to create an aesthetically pleasing and fully-functioning restoration that’s almost impossible to tell from your natural teeth.


If a tooth is damaged but still has its’ roots intact, a crown (Sometimes called a cap) can be fabricated to completely cover a tooth’s surface above the gum line. A crown is simply a covering that fits over the damaged or discolored tooth designed to mimic the tooth’s exact shape and color. It covers the entire surface above the gum line and preserves the tooth’s roots. Crowns can be made of various materials including: Porcelains, newer high-tech ceramics, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and gold alloys. When properly fabricated and placed, they look and function just like your natural teeth.


When one or more teeth are absent, a bridge is usually the preferred option for restoration. Remember, a crown requires a tooth to cover or to attach to directly. When there is a missing tooth, there is nothing to attach to, thus the need for a bridgework restoration. Bridgework uses the help of neighboring teeth to function properly. A bridge (sometimes called a pontic) requires that the healthy teeth on either side of the missing one – referred to as the “abutment teeth” – are prepared for crowning. Then, a single unit crafted in the shape of all three teeth is anchored to the abutments, and the bridge is complete. In some cases, when more than one tooth is missing, a larger bridge can be constructed.

Tri-State Family Dentistry has a lot of experience with dental crowns and bridges. Let us know your situation and we’ll create a custom solution for you.

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About Tri-State Family Dentistry

Tri-State Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care possible. Being privately owned since 2009, we don’t experience the corporate pressure that other dental practices have to hit certain revenue numbers. You will never be ‘sold’ dentistry at Tri-State Family Dentistry. After we explain your treatment options, you can make your own decisions.