Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A dental crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
Although there are several types of dental crowns, porcelain (tooth-coloured) are the most popular. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they will eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and colour of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A dental bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on each side of the gap which are called abutment teeth, and a false tooth/teeth in between which is called a pontic. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or any combination of said materials. Dental bridges are usually supported by natural teeth but can also be supported by implants.
Reasons for dental crowns or a dental bridge:
- Broken or fractured tooth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decayed teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
- Tooth has a root canal