Crown, which is also known as a cap, is a dental restoration that completely encases the tooth. Crowns are recommended for teeth that have previously been endodontically (root canal) treated and or teeth that naturally have a poor prognosis of surviving due to extensive, existing restorations (filling) and or decay present. Crown involves shaving down the existing tooth to allow for enough room for the porcelain, gold, alloy or a combination of both to restore and fabricate a beautiful new tooth. The final product is then cemented with dental cement.
A dental bridge is used to bridge the gap created by a missing tooth or teeth. It is multiple crowns fused together. Bridges are great way to enhance aesthetics, strength, permanently whiten teeth and create a beautiful smile. A false center tooth, (pontic) is held in place by being attached to a tooth next door or on either side (abutment.) Crowns and Bridges can be made out of:
- all porcelain (ceramic)
- all metal
- porcelain fused to metal