A Crown is used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged due to decay or trauma. A crown (also referred to as a cap) is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and esthetics.
A Bridge, sometimes referred to as a Fixed Partial Denture, is an ideal method to fill the space created by missing teeth. A bridge is made up of one or more artificial teeth (Pontics) attached between two crowns and cemented into place using the teeth on either side of the space for support. This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth/teeth. Bridgework is as much an art as it is an exact science since it replaces a missing tooth or teeth functionally and cosmetically. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and esthetics.
It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible. If not treated, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift. Since teeth use their neighbors for support, if one is missing they begin to “fall” and shift into the open spaces. This may cause changes in the bite and can eventually result in problems with the teeth and jaw.
Both Crowns and Bridges are made by removing a specific amount of tooth structure from the tooth/teeth, An impression is made of the prepared teeth, this impression is sent to a dental lab where your crown or bridge will be custom made to fit your mouth and match your natural tooth color. A temporary crown or bridge will be placed into your mouth until your permanent crown or bridge is ready and cemented into place. With new technology crowns can now be a day PlanScan CAD/CAM technology. For more info click here.
Bridges and crowns are very durable and can last a lifetime with extra care and good oral hygiene.