Crowns and bridges are used to restore teeth that are damaged, or replace a missing tooth or teeth. A crown, also known as a cap, is used to cover the entire damaged tooth. A crown can not only strengthen a tooth, but it can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment.
Crowns may be recommended to:
- Replace an existing large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Cover a dental implant
- Restore a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Protect a tooth that has had root canal treatment
A bridge is sometimes recommended to fill the space created by missing teeth. A bridge provides one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support. This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.