Dental crowns and bridges
A crown is a prosthetic cap, like a helmet, that fully encases the visible portion of a tooth and is glued into place using a specialised cement. Crowns are used to strengthen a tooth and in some cases are used to improve its appearance. Crowns can be made of several different materials and can look very natural. Your dentist will advise you which type of material is most appropriate for you.
A bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth. Typically, a bridge is one cohesive unit that consists of two crowns with a false tooth suspended in between. The long term success of a bridge is dependant on the strength of the teeth either side of the gap. The dentist will carefully assess these teeth before proposing a bridge as a treatment option.
What are they made of?
Crowns and bridges are often made of ceramic, porcelain and/or metal alloy. Ceramic and porcelain crowns can be made to match the look and colour of your natural teeth. They are very resistant to staining and will not discolour over time like natural teeth. Metal alloy is used for its strength, hardness and durability. It is especially useful for molars as crowns on back teeth must be able to withstand the heavy forces of chewing and grinding.
A bridge can be used to replace a missing tooth.
Improve your smile
Dental crowns and bridges can also be used to improve the appearance of your smile. The first step to a beautiful smile is a discussion with your dentist about your treatment options and what you are hoping to achieve. Your regular visit for a check-up is the perfect opportunity to discuss your options and ask any questions.