A Dental Crown is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. It protects and strengthens the tooth structure when the tooth cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
There are several types of crowns but porcelain are the most popular. Porcelain crowns are tooth colored and resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years but eventually they may need to be replaced. They are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth, giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
A crown may be needed for several reasons:
- To protect a weak tooth from decay, breaking, or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left.
- To re-shape teeth or cover severely discolored teeth for cosmetic reasons.
- To cover a dental implant.
- To make a cosmetic modification.
A Dental Bridge is a fixed, non-removable, dental appliance. It is a replacement bridge of teeth used to fill the space of missing teeth.
When you have a missing tooth, the nearby teeth may move in to fill the empty space. The teeth opposing the missing tooth may also move up or down toward the empty space. This shifting of teeth may cause issues with eating. It may also cause mouth or joint discomfort and pain.
A bridge is designed to cover two healthy teeth on each side of the space to create an anchor for the pontic that will fill the space of the missing tooth as pictured above. There are several types of dental bridges. A porcelain bridge is the most popular and is made to resemble your natural teeth in shape and color. The artificial teeth fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth.