A crown is a name for a “cover” or “cap” that is put over a tooth that has been cracked, damaged, extensively decayed, or worn down. Crowns are permanently attached to the tooth through cementing and restore to the tooth to their normal shape, size, and function, allowing the patient to consume food normally. Crowns are also usually put over teeth after a root canal has been performed to prevent further damage to the decayed tooth.
Porcelain is the material mainly used for crowns due to its strength and the natural look it provides. However, crowns can also be made of metal or ceramic due to the toughness of the materials as well-made crowns can last over ten years.
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 false tooth is referred to as a dental bridge that is held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Gaps between missing teeth can be closed or ‘bridged’ with dental bridges.
Why do I need a dental bridge?
A missing tooth, or teeth, can cause a number of problems for a patient. Dental bridges help prevent and resolve these problems, along with having the following advantages:
- 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