Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are a restorative procedure used to improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay.
A crown is a “cap” cemented onto an existing tooth that usually covers the portion of your tooth above the gum line. The crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they look like your natural teeth and are very strong.
Crowns or onlays (partial crowns) are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Your crown is created in a lab from your tooth impression, which allows a dental laboratory technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements. Your crown is then made so that your bite and jaw movements function normally once the crown is placed.
A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, and bridges the gap where one or more teeth are missing. Your bridge can be made from gold, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is cemented onto surrounding teeth for support.
The success of any bridge depends on the other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. So ti’s very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.