Full-crown restorations are commonly placed today. Practitioners may wonder if full crowns still are indicated, as there are so many resin-based composite materials that rival tooth structure in physical properties. Properly placed resin-based composite restorations are indeed beautiful and can serve for many years. However, placing large, resin-based composite restorations is difficult and time-consuming. Placement of full-crown restorations still is one of the most accepted procedures in restorative dentistry.
Porcelain veneers are one of the most accepted smile enhancement techniques in dentistry. Veneers require little to no preparation and are carefully hand-waxed to shape the ideal contours. Veneers offer beautiful esthetics, precision fit and high flexural strength.
Bridges are touted as one of the most esthetic and clinically proven all-ceramic restorations available today. A bridge will span the area where teeth are missing. They are attached to the natural teeth or implants that surround this space. The natural teeth which support the bridge are called abutment. Natural abutment teeth may be reduced in size to accommodate the bridge to fit over them.