Dental crowns and bridges are known as fixed dental prosthetic devices. Unlike dentures which are removable, crowns and bridges are cemented permanently onto existing teeth or implants. Used to protect and strengthen your tooth structure, a crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over your tooth. It is created from hard white compressed ceramic that simulates the look of natural teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, a bridge may be the right option for you. A bridge fills the space where teeth are missing. Bridges are cemented onto the natural teeth or implants on both ends of the space.
There are a number of reasons when a crown is recommended. A crown may be recommended to protect a tooth that has been weakened by decay or to hold parts together of a cracked tooth. It may also be used to restore a broken or tooth that has been severely worn down. Crowns may also be recommended for covering a dental implant or to hold a dental bridge in place.
Used to cover or “cap” a damaged tooth, a crown can strengthen a damaged tooth as well as improve its appearance. Crowns are also placed on top of implants to provide the look and feel of natural teeth. Created to match the natural colour of your teeth, crowns are made from porcelain or ceramic. Other materials such as gold, metal alloys and acrylic are also used to create crowns. These materials are generally stronger and might be recommended for back teeth.
When you lose a tooth, we may recommend a bridge. A dental bridge covers the gaps that occurs when you are missing or more teeth. A bridge can not only restore your smile but can help you regain the ability to chew and speak properly. In addition, a bridge can help distribute your bite appropriately and prevent other teeth from drifting out of position.