Crowns & Bridges


crowns-and-bridgesA crown is a tooth-shaped cap that we place over a tooth to improve its shape, size, structure and appearance. The crown is cemented into place and fully covers the visible part of the tooth at and above the gum line.

Brawley Marze, DDS may recommend a dental crown to…

  • Replace a large filling that no longer has adequate tooth structure to continue to fill the cavity
  • Guard a fragile tooth from further chipping, breaking or cracking
  • Restore a fractured or cracked tooth
  • Cover a poorly-shaped tooth or stained tooth
  • Attach a dental bridge
  • Defend and repair a tooth that has had a root canal
  • Cover a dental implant

A crown will make your damaged tooth stronger and more stable. Your Dental Associates dentist will also help you choose the best material for a crown for your individual case.

Types of Dental Crowns

Temporary dental crowns are acrylic or metal alloy and are made right in your dentist’s office. It will cover the tooth while your permanent crown is being created in our in-house dental lab.

Stainless steel dental crowns are prefabricated crowns that are used on permanent and baby teeth. Stainless steel crowns are generally used for children’s teeth because they are cost-effective and are completed in one visit.

Metal dental crowns can be made from cast gold alloys or cast silver palladium alloys. With a metal crown, less tooth structure needs to be removed before installation and the wear on opposing teeth is minimal. Metal crowns withstand biting and chewing well and rarely chip or break.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns contain an inner metal casting with porcelain baked over it. They look natural and blend in with surrounding teeth, but occasionally may chip and show the underlying metal. They may wear the natural enamel of the opposing teeth over time.

All ceramic or all porcelain dental crowns are common and provide optimum aesthetic results. However, because porcelain is harder than normal teeth, they can wear the opposing teeth over time.


A dental bridge covers or “bridges” the gap between missing teeth.

After you lose a tooth, Dr. Brawley Marze may suggest that you get a bridge. A bridge can keep your other teeth from moving out of place.

Once a bridge is placed, it works just like your natural teeth.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and bridges are the most traditional dental restoration work in the field of dentistry. Marze Dental offers porcelain fused to metal, porcelain fused to gold and also full porcelain crowns and bridges.

The crown fits over the remaining part of the tooth, making it strong and giving it the shape and the outline of a natural tooth.
Most crowns are made from porcelain fused to metal or gold. A precious metal base is made and then porcelain is applied in layers over it.

Why have Dental Crowns?

When a tooth is cracked, damaged or debilitated by decay or a very large filling, a crown may need to be fitted. Crowns are an ideal way to restructure teeth. They can help to whiten, reshape, and straighten existing teeth.

You can keep your teeth healthy with regular brushing, flossing and checkups. However, if over time one or more of your teeth become damaged due to decay, cracks or trauma, Dr. Marze may very well recommend a dental crown or bridge to fix existing issues and prevent new ones from surfacing in the future.

Both dental crowns and dental bridges fit over your affected tooth, and serve to restore the size and shape of your tooth.

Types of Dental Bridges

Traditional dental bridges are the most popular. They create a crown on each side of the missing tooth, and the replacement tooth in between. Traditional bridges are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramic materials.

Cantilever dental bridges are used when the replacement tooth can be supported from only one side. It is usually used when the space is relatively small and the stress will be negligible.

Maryland bonded dental bridges are most popular to bridge front teeth together. This type uses metal or plastic “wings” on each side of the bridge that are attached to the existing teeth. A Maryland bonded bridge is also referred as resin-bonded bridge. The biggest advantage of Maryland bonded dental bridge is that it affects by very little of the anchor teeth.

Implant-supported dental bridges are suggested if you are missing more than one tooth. This type involves the placement of two or more dental implants with space among them. These implants serve as the anchors for the everlastingly cemented bridgework.