Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are a type of dental restoration which, when cemented into place, fully cup over the tooth.
In comparison, fillings are dental restorations that fill in or cover over just a portion of a tooth. Since dental crowns encase the entire visible aspect of a tooth, a dental crown in effect becomes the tooth's new outer surface.
Crowns can be made out of porcelain, metal (a gold or other metal), or a combination of both.
Dental crowns are recommended for a variety of reasons but, in general, most of these reasons will usually fall within one of the following basic categories:
- To restore a tooth to its original shape.
- To strengthen a tooth.
- To improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth/teeth in between. These teeth can be made from gold, alloys, white porcelain or a combination of these materials. Either natural teeth or implants can support dental bridges.
Among the benefits of dental bridges are:
- Restore your smile
- Restore your ability to properly chew and speak
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position