A crown is a cover or “cap” your dentist can put over a tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, and function. They’re permanently cemented on teeth that have cracked, extensively decayed, or otherwise been damaged. Crowns are also placed after the root canal to protect the decayed teeth from further damage.
Crowns are made of metal, porcelain or ceramic. Porcelain is the preferred choice because they look natural and are very strong. Ideally crowns are durable and last for more than a decade.
Advantages of crown
- Support a tooth that has been significantly damaged by decay
- Protect a tooth that has worn away from being damaged further
- Protect a tooth after a root canal procedure
- Hold a severely cracked or broken tooth together
- Cover a dental implant
A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that is held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. If you have missing teeth, your dentist can close or bridge the gaps in your smile with dental bridges.
Why do I need a dental bridge?
When you have a missing tooth or missing teeth, it can affect you in a number of ways. A dental bridge can address those changes, including:
- Restoring your smile
- Restoring the ability to properly chew
- Restoring your speech and pronunciation
- Maintaining the shape of your face
- Re-adjusting your bite to properly distribute the force when you chew
- re-adjusting your bite to properly distribute the force when you chew